Spring is in the air — and in the night sky if you look closely

 March marks the end of winter and the start of spring.  

 Winter's dazzling stars depart as the days stretch fastest.  

 . Sky watchers know that spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 19 at 11:06 p.m. Eastern.  

 The sun's disk center crosses the celestial equator into the northern hemisphere then.  

 The sun's disk center crosses the celestial equator into the northern hemisphere then.  

 Many societies celebrated this as the start of a new year until Roman times, and many religions still use it to schedule feasts and fasts.  

 The “first point of Aries,” or equinox, is still utilized in astrology. In Babylonian days, when astrology was founded, the equinox was in Aries, the Ram.  

 Due to the 26,000-year “precession of the equinoxes,” the equinox now lies 30 degrees westward in Pisces, the Fish.  

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