20 March 2015

First Day of Spring

On the day of the equinox, the Sun's centre spends a roughly equal amount of time below and above the horizon in every location on the Earth, making night and day almost the same length. At the poles, the rate of change for the length of daylight and night-time is also greatest, being the start of the transition from 24 hours of night-time to 24 hours of daylight.

This year there is a total eclipse of the Sun on the day of the equinox, this is a rare event that does not occur again until 2034. An equinox is a phenomenon that can occur on any planet, most notably on Saturn, placing its ring system facing toward the Sun. This produces a visible thin line that can be seen from Earth. The most recent exact equinox for Saturn was on 11 August 2009 occurring again on 30 April 2024.

It was due to the equinox that in 1610, Galileo became the first person to observe the rings of Saturn. They looked to him like two enormous satellites nearly touching the main body. Two years later he noticed the so-called satellites had disappeared but subsequently materialised. He wrote, "I do not know what to say in a case so surprising, so unlooked for and so novel."

In addition, on March 20 we have a second celestial event with a Supermoon in our sky turning into a "New Moon". To celebrate the start of spring and all the life and fruit that comes with it, we have selected a range of fresh and fruity pieces to bring in the new season.

Vintage plastic cherry brooch avaliable from Linda Bee

1950s murano glass necklace avaliable from Linda Bee

Strawberry brooch avaliable from Tings Jewellery Box

1930s grape hat with bow avaliable from Unicorn
1940s grape bangle avaliable from Unicorn

1960s lemon necklace avaliable from Unicorn

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