Vernal Equinox 2020

When is the Vernal Equinox 2020?

The Vernal Equinox 2020 is on Friday, March 20, 2020 (in 159 days).  Calendar for 2020
The Vernal Equinox 2019 has already passed: it was on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (207 days ago).  Calendar for 2019

What is the Vernal Equinox?

Vernal equinox sunset. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Photo: equinox sunset. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the moment in time when the Sun stands directly above the equator while crossing from the south to the north is called vernal equinox (also known as spring equinox, March equinox or northward equinox). It is the moment winter ends and spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere (where nearly 90% of the world's population live). For the Southern Hemisphere, it is the autumnal equinox (fall equinox) as it is the moment summer ends and autumn (fall) begins.

In the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox occurs every year between March 19 and March 21. The dates given on this page are based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which for practical purposes is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). While the vernal equinox occurs at the same moment in time all over the world, the date and local time differ from place to place depending on the year and a location's time zone. For locations that are ahead of UTC (further east) it may fall on the day after, and for locations that are behind UTC (further west) it may fall on the day before. To find out the exact date and time of the vernal equinox 2020 in your area use this seasons calculator.

The vernal equinox is one of four days (two equinoxes and two solstices) throughout the year that mark the beginning of a new season. The other days are the summer solstice (beginning of summer), the autumnal equinox (beginning of autumn) and the winter solstice (beginning of winter).

In a non-leap year, the moment of the vernal equinox is about 5 hours 49 minutes after that moment in the previous year (in UTC), and in a leap year it is about 18 hours 11 minutes before that moment in the previous year. In this way the time of the vernal equinox constantly shifts back and forth so it always stays on or around March 20.

The word "equinox" is derived from Latin and means "equal night". On the day of an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length all over the world, as the Earth's rotational axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun. At all other times the length of day and night will be different.

The date of the vernal equinox is significant in Christianity as it is important for the calculation of Easter. As decreed by the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox. However, by convention Christian churches have fixed the ecclesiastical date to March 21 and base all calculations on this date even if the astronomical date differs.

Summer Time in Europe starts a few days after the vernal equinox.

For more information see March equinox on Wikipedia.

When is the Vernal Equinox 2021?

The Vernal Equinox 2021 is on Saturday, March 20, 2021 (in 524 days).  Calendar for 2021

Dates for the Vernal Equinox from 2015 to 2025

The next occurrence of the Vernal Equinox is marked in red.

When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Vernal Equinox 2015      March 20, 2015      Friday      1668 days ago
Vernal Equinox 2016      March 20, 2016      Sunday      1302 days ago
Vernal Equinox 2017      March 20, 2017      Monday      937 days ago
Vernal Equinox 2018      March 20, 2018      Tuesday      572 days ago
Vernal Equinox 2019      March 20, 2019      Wednesday      207 days ago
Vernal Equinox 2020      March 20, 2020      Friday      in 159 days
Vernal Equinox 2021      March 20, 2021      Saturday      in 524 days
Vernal Equinox 2022      March 20, 2022      Sunday      in 889 days
Vernal Equinox 2023      March 20, 2023      Monday      in 1254 days
Vernal Equinox 2024      March 20, 2024      Wednesday      in 1620 days
Vernal Equinox 2025      March 20, 2025      Thursday      in 1985 days
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