Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday 21st March 2016...Guess what????

I made a mistake in my blog a few days ago I stated Livingstone was in Zimbabwe when in actual fact it is close but in Zambia.....sorry about that!!!

So if you guessed that it may be raining here when I woke up you would be 1005 is

10 Things About the March Equinox

On Sunday, March 20, 2016, the day and night will be of almost equal duration at most time zones in the world. Here are 10 facts about the March Equinox you might not know.
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March Equinox is also called the Spring Equinox.

1. It's Also the Autumnal Equinox

The March Equinox is known as the Vernal or Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. It's the First Equinox of the Year

The second equinox, the September Equinox, takes place on or around September 22 every year. It's the Southern Hemisphere's Spring Equinox and is called the Autumnal (Fall Equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere.

3. It Marks the First Day of Spring

In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the March Equinox as the start of spring, which ends on the June Solstice, when astronomical summer begins.
For meteorologists, on the other hand, spring in the Northern Hemisphere begins three weeks before the March Equinox on March 1 and ends on May 31.

4. It Happens at a Specific Time Everywhere in the World

While cultures around the world celebrate the whole day as the March Equinox, the equinox in reality occurs at a specific moment in time. It is the exact moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator – from south to north. At this moment, the Earth's axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun.
In 2016, this will happen on March 20, at 04:30 (4:30 am) UTC. For locations that are at least 4 hours behind UTC, this event will occur on March 19. This is because of the time zone difference.

5. The Date of the Equinox Can Vary

Remember when Spring Equinox was celebrated on March 21? Well, remember again, because the last time that happened was in 2007 and the next time it will happen is in 2101!
Contrary to popular wisdom, the March Equinox can take place on March 19, 20 or 21. In the 21st century, the March Equinox has only occurred twice on March 21 – 2003 and 2007. A March 19 equinox will be more frequent during the last decades of the century.
Note: These dates are based on the time of the equinox in UTC. Due to time zone differences, locations ahead of UTC may celebrate the March Equinox a day later, and locations behind UTC may celebrate it a day earlier.

6. Equal Day and Night...

Conventional wisdom suggests that on the equinox everybody on Earth gets to experience a day and night of equal lengths – 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night time. In fact, the nameequinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.

7. ...But Not Quite

In reality though, most places on Earth get to see more daylight than night time on the equinoxes. This is because of two reasons: how sunrise and sunset is defined and atmospheric refraction of sunlight.
Most locations of the Earth, except those on the Equator, do have almost equal day and night twice a year. The dates for this event, which is also known as equilux, depend on the location's latitude and can be a few days before or after the equinoxes.

8. It Isn't the Only Day You Can Balance an Egg On Its End

Every year on the Spring Equinox, we hear about how it is the only day of the year when an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end. Many try it and those who fail are told that they didn't try it at the exact time of the equinox. The truth, however, is that there is nothing magical about the equinox or the time it occurs – you can balance an egg perfectly on its end on any other day. Don't believe us? Try it yourself!

9. But it's Only One of Two Days You Can do This Experiment

To do this experiment, you'll need a straight stick or a long wooden ruler, a protractor and a compass.
Find an empty space such as a park or a parking lot where there are few tall buildings, trees or hills to obstruct the Sun. Find your location's latitude. Subtract this number from 90. This will be the angle you will affix the stick in the ground.
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, use your compass to find the south and point the stick in that direction. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, point the stick or the ruler to the north. Using the protractor fix the stick in the ground at the angle you just calculated - remember to point it in the direction opposite to the hemisphere you are on.
Wait till Noon and see the shadow of the stick disappear. At Noon, the stick will have no shadow at all!
You can only do this experiment twice a year - on the March Equinox and the September Equinox.

10. It's Celebrated Around the World

Many cultures around the world hold feasts and celebrate festivals and holidays to mark the March Equinox.

So now you know....My friend Chris sent this to me interesting I think..I will not boast and tell you how many I got right!!

New School Exit Exam

Passing requires only 4 correct answers
1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats? 
3) From which animal do we get "cat gut"?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? 
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 
7) What was King George VI's first name? 
8) What colour is a purple finch? 
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 
10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial airplane?
Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass. 
Check your answers below.......
1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years 
2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador 
3) From which animal do we get "cat gut"?Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November 
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?Squirrel Fur 
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs 
7) What was King George VI's first name?Albert 
8) What colour is a purple finch? Crimson 
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?New Zealand 
10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aeroplane? Orange (of course)  What do you mean, you failed?
Me too!!
(And if you try to tell me you passed, you lied!) Pass this on to some brilliant friends, so they may feel useless too 

So to continue with my rainy morning i just lazed around checking on stuff, reading and making final plans and then after lunch there was a break and I went out for a walk and my final swim in the ocean and yes it was cold and yes it was a quick dip!!!
 This is what happens when it rains day after day!!
Anyway the beach

I really was in need of a haircut and I went into the small town to the local barber Frank I knew he was good as I had to wait for three customers before me.....I think he gave me a good haircut what do you think?
I know one thing for sure that this was without doubt the very fastest haircut I have ever had....he was non stop talking and cutting and I was in and out in minutes...too funny!!
Came home and prepared dinner went down to the pool did my laps and then the hot tub and now some tea and some TV......tomorrow is my last full day here in the condo on Wednesday I move to the Blue Mountains for three nights for some hiking and waterfalls!!
Yashi Kochi!!!

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