What is another word for equinox?

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[ ˈɛkwɪnˌɒks], [ ˈɛkwɪnˌɒks], [ ˈɛ_k_w_ɪ_n_ˌɒ_k_s]

Equinox is a term used to describe the two specific dates in a year when the Earth's equator aligns with the center of the sun, resulting in nearly equal durations of day and night around the globe. Other synonyms that can be used to describe this celestial phenomenon are the March and September equinoxes, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, or simply the spring and fall equinoxes. In other cultures and languages, the equinox may also be referred to as the "cross-quarter days," which mark the midpoint between the solstices and equinoxes, or as the "harvest festival," which celebrates the abundance of the earth's crops during the fall season.

How to use "Equinox" in context?

From the moment the sun disappears below the horizon, we begin to experience the longest day of the year. This is the day of the equinox, or the moment when the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are exactly opposite each other in terms of sunlight and darkness. It is also the day of the year when the planet's axis of rotation is perpendicular to the plane of Earth's orbit around the sun.

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