March Equinox Trivia and Answers

It's an astronomical event, it's day of festivity since antiquity and and international day. How much do you really know about it? Let's put your knowledge to the test ...

Challenge yourself with a March Equinox Trivia Quiz!

Hard

Which solar phenomenon occurs during equinoxes which causes disruptions in communications' satellites?

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Answer: Sun Outages
Sun outages occur before the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and after the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This is due to satellites being directly positioned between the Earth and the sun.

VeryHard

Which country initiated the UN resolution which led to the establishment of the International Day of Happiness?

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Answer: Bhutan
This resolution was put forth by the Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked country located in South Asia.

Medium

Which astronomical celestial event generally occurs on the same date as the International Day of Happiness?

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Answer: March Equinox
Though there are variations, the March equinox generally occurs on 20 March, with International Happiness Day adopting this date due to that event.

Easy

During an equinox, the sun is directly over which point of the Earth?

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Answer: Equator
The sun passes directly over the Earth's equator during an equinox.

Easy

From an astronomical standpoint, which event marks the end of the Spring season?

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Answer: Summer Solstice
The June or Summer solstice is considered to generally mark the end of Spring and signal the beginning of Summer.

VeryHard

In Arab countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria, which other holiday shares the same date as the March equinox?

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Answer: Mother's Day
Beginning in 1956, Mother's Day has been observed on the same date as the vernal equinox in many Arab countries due to the clear association between motherhood and fertility/Spring.

Hard

Which country celebrates its New Year on the vernal equinox?

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Answer: Iran
The March equinox is known as Nowruz in some parts of Europe and Asia and marks the beginning of the calendar year, specifically in places like Iran.

Medium

During its vernal equinox, the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth tilts in which direction?

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Answer: Towards the Sun
The Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun during its vernal equinox, which results in warmer temperatures and thus brings about the Spring season from Winter.

Easy

Who was the UN General Secretary when International Happiness Day was established?

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Answer: Ban Ki-Moon
Korea's Ban Ki-moon was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016 and strongly supported International Happiness Day during its inception.

VeryHard

In which constellation does the sun appear to reside in during the March equinox?

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Answer: Pisces
Currently, the sun appears to be within the constellation Pisces during the vernal equinox. However, due to shifts in the Earth's axis this changes every few thousand years, so in 2597 during the March equinox, it will instead appear to be part of Aquarius.



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