Vernal equinox 2024


When is the Vernal equinox 2024?

The Vernal equinox 2024 is on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (in 17 days).  Calendar for 2024
Please note: 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 location to location depending on a location's time zone. For more details see the explanations below.
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What is the Vernal equinox?

Vernal equinox sunset. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Photo: flickr.com/photos/mseeley1/25947505285Vernal 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 autumn 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 - the time zone of the United Kingdom). 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 2024 in your area use this seasons calculator.

The vernal equinox is one of four days with solar events (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 autumn 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.

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Overview: seasons, equinoxes and solstices

Dates shown apply to the Northern Hemisphere and are based on UTC (GMT)
Season Start End
Spring Spring equinox
(vernal equinox, March equinox)
March 19 to 21
Summer solstice
(June solstice)
June 20 to 22
Summer Summer solstice
(June solstice)
June 20 to 22
Autumn equinox
(Fall equinox, September equinox)
September 21 to 24
Autumn
(Fall)
Autumn equinox
(Fall equinox, September equinox)
September 21 to 24
Winter solstice
(December solstice)
December 20 to 23
Winter Winter solstice
(December solstice)
December 20 to 23
Spring equinox
(vernal equinox, March equinox)
March 19 to 21

When is the Vernal equinox 2025?

The Vernal equinox 2025 is on Thursday, March 20, 2025 (in 382 days).  Calendar for 2025

Dates for the Vernal equinox from 2019 to 2029

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

When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Vernal equinox 2019      March 20, 2019      Wednesday      1809 days ago
Vernal equinox 2020      March 20, 2020      Friday      1443 days ago
Vernal equinox 2021      March 20, 2021      Saturday      1078 days ago
Vernal equinox 2022      March 20, 2022      Sunday      713 days ago
Vernal equinox 2023      March 20, 2023      Monday      348 days ago
Vernal equinox 2024      March 20, 2024      Wednesday      in 17 days
Vernal equinox 2025      March 20, 2025      Thursday      in 382 days
Vernal equinox 2026      March 20, 2026      Friday      in 747 days
Vernal equinox 2027      March 20, 2027      Saturday      in 1112 days
Vernal equinox 2028      March 20, 2028      Monday      in 1478 days
Vernal equinox 2029      March 20, 2029      Tuesday      in 1843 days
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