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    Re: Spring Equinox
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2017 Sep 23, 12:08 +0000

    David,
    I don't know about ancients in the Southern hemisphere,
    but in the Northern one some celebrated it: the year started 
    at the spring equinox (or around it) in some societies. For example, the ancient Roman calendars
    started the year in March (which is still reflected in the modern English names of the months:
    September means 7th October 8-th and so on. So the first one is March. 
    
    The reason they choose an equinox rather then a solstice  is that probably equinox is easier
    to detect precisely with such a simple tool as a gnomon.
    
    Alex.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    I am posting this message a few hours late but never mind..........     .
    
    Several hours ago the sun's dec was 0� 0'. Now it is about 5' south. Down here 
    in  41S  175 E it is an exciting day. First, as I  have mentioned, it is the 
    spring equinox. Secondly, in the early hours of tomorrow morning daylight 
    saving time starts. Thirdly today is election day.
    
    It must be "couples day" because as we walked hand in hand to the polling 
    booth we noticed large numbers of other couples doing the same thing.  The 
    sun is behind cloud so sights are not possible but the temperature is 
    increasing and I am considering changing into short sleeve shirts. I am part 
    way through mowing the lawns.
    
    Did the ancients celebrate the equinox or was it just the solstice?
    
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