Skip navigation
No more
Know more

The sun rises over the North Pole for the first time in 6 months

Thursday, March 20, was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, as the sun rose over the North Pole for the first time in six months and day and night each lasted about 12 hours at other latitudes. The chart above shows the hours of daylight at each latitude throughout the year, the vertical blue lines marking the spring and fall equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. At about 39 degrees north, Washington, D.C. is just below the horizontal blue line across the chart. By early May, the nation’s capital will be enjoying more than fourteen hours a day of sunlight.

Image by Cmglee via Wikimedia Commons used under the Creative Commons license. Click below to keep reading about the equinox.

Max Ehrenfreund | March 21, 2014 at 9:04 am
Know more: Winter maintains its icy grip on North America
No more
Know more
Gorgeous star maps show how 16th Century astronomers saw the heavens
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The deadliest months in America
Ana Swanson
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
The dramatic rise of life expectancy around the world
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
This computer program predicts how old you are based on your name
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Map: Where almost 2,500 nuclear bombs have exploded since 1945
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Admission rates at Ivy League schools are falling sharply
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Map: The world’s economic center is shifting south and east
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The jobs that machines have created and destroyed since 1850
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The ultimate guide to what to call people from each state
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The number of religious groups that support evolution might surprise you
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The cities that Washingtonians visit most
Ana Swanson