Enjoy the First Day of Spring
Today marks the first day of Spring – a date often hailed often as one with equal amounts of night and day. This is untrue because most of us live somewhere other than the equator, because the Sun is larger than an idealized geometric point, and because our atmosphere causes refraction. Truthfully, it is more of an Astronomical and geometric novelty than it is a practical one.
It’s still an interesting geometric novelty, though. According to Wikipedia, the Vernal Equinox falls at 18:26 UTC. Here’s a little trick to let you find that in your local timezone:
MSH:32 > [DateTime]::Parse(“18:26 GMT”)
Monday, March 20, 2006 10:26:00 AM
All pedantry aside, I hereby present to you this fluffy cute video of cats enjoying what could very well be spring days. I do warn you, though – the video is a narcotic to small children.
[Edit: Monad has now been renamed to Windows PowerShell. This script or discussion may require slight adjustments before it applies directly to newer builds.]
[Edit: Here are the dates for other years: March (3/20/06, 3/21/2007, 3/20/2008, 3/20/2009, 3/20/2010, 3/20/2011, 3/20/2012, 3/20/2013, 3/20/2014, 3/20/2015, 3/20/2016, 3/20/2017, 3/20/2018, 3/20/2019, 3/20/2020)]