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3-20-09-se-1The Spring Equinox has arrived, and it’s time to start spending more time outdoors than in. My favorite outdoor space this time of year is the east-facing balcony where the tops of the dogwood blooms are nearby. Daily the same east balcony and porch below allow for viewing of sunrises and monthly the rising of the full moon.

Even though it has been occurring for billions of years, I am fascinated every equinox at the simple fact that everywhere on earth the sun rises due east and sets due west, and that we all have the same 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. I know my parents encouraged me to look to the heavens for thinking about the endless unknowns, but I sure wish I could remember the names of my science teachers to thank them too for teaching me to pay attention to things other than those in our immediate vicinity, and of course, especially to my favorite – the sun.

From now until June 21, the Summer Solstice, the sun will continue to climb higher in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. (Well actually North America will continue to tilt closer to the sun.) While less solar energy will be entering through the south-facing windows as summer approaches, more solar energy will be hitting the roof and other predominantly horizontal surfaces. To see just how much energy, see the related story in this newsletter

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