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The First Point of Aries

Monday 03/21/2005 1:56 PM

No narrative today. Just a little picture to commemorate the day.


With day and night equal lengths today, the sun is crossing the celestial equator. In ancient times, this was called The First Point of Aries because back then, the sun was just entering said constellation as winter ended. Times change and stars drift (see precession), so today we would probably name it The Second (or Third) Point of Pisces.

Round these parts, though, we just call it spring.

File Under: Cemeteries; Holiday, Of Sorts; Potter's Field; Seasons Change
Music: Fiona Apple "Extraordinary Machine"

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