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For a few minutes on the day of the equinox, the Sun’s radiation overwhelms the receiving station for the geostationary satellite.
  informally:  either of the two days a year when the length of day and night are most equal


formally:  the exact moments when the earth’s axis is parallel to the Sun
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Strongly Associated with:   summer solstice, winter solstice
Concept Mastery:  The days vary depending upon the year, but typically they are March 20/21 and September 22/23. They are the days when the Sun crosses directly over the equator.
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  • For a few minutes on the day of the equinox, the Sun’s radiation overwhelms the receiving station for the geostationary satellite.
  • According to Wikipedia, it is an urban legend that one can balance an egg on its point on an equinox day, but actually one can balance an egg on its point any day of the year with enough patience.
  • At the equinox, the mothership will send a pod to extract Grace from the safe house .
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The spring equinox has just passed; they face six months of unrelenting night.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • "It’s getting on for Beltane—close to the spring equinox.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Ostara, the equinox, the balance of day to night?
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Sometime around the equinox?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "The spring equinox," Bast explained.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Methinks now this coined sun wears a ruddy face; but see! aye, he enters the sign of storms, the equinox! and but six months before he wheeled out of a former equinox at Aries!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At a less advanced season of the year the typhoon, according to a famous meteorologist, would have passed away like a luminous cascade of electric flame; but in the winter equinox it was to be feared that it would burst upon them with great violence.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • You see this fellow that is gone before;— He is a soldier fit to stand by Caesar And give direction: and do but see his vice; ’tis to his virtue a just equinox, The one as long as the other: ’tis pity of him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Every fourth year, at the vernal equinox, there is a representative council of the whole nation, which meets in a plain about twenty miles from our house, and continues about five or six days.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Crucifixion and Resurrection come very near the spring equinox, the death of winter and beginning of renewed life.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Following the September equinox, the sun had emerged above the northerly horizon, rising in long spirals until December 21.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In reality, the only thing that could be isolated in the rocky paragraphs was the insistent hammering on the wordequinox, equinox, equinox, and the name of Alexander von Humboldt.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The season meanwhile was drawing onward to the equinox, and though it was still fine, the days were much shorter.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He will be executed tomorrow at the equinox.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • I think if we had had the disposal of events—if Mansfield Park had had the government of the winds just for a week or two, about the equinox, there would have been a difference.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • But then another storm blew up, for it was right at the equinox, and the parents came out to say they had better go home, and told their particular young ones in a loud voice that they ought to come too and let Anne get some sleep for the trip.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • And now, for the last two days, the rains on this lower course of the river had been incessant, so that the old men had shaken their heads and talked of sixty years ago, when the same sort of weather, happening about the equinox, brought on the great floods, which swept the bridge away, and reduced the town to great misery.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • A tract of country unaltered from that sinister condition which made Caesar anxious every year to get clear of its glooms before the autumnal equinox, a kind of landscape and weather which leads travellers from the South to describe our island as Homer’s Cimmerian land, was not, on the face of it, friendly to women.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The vernal equinox now lay three months in the past, the summer solstice had arrived.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I see Cornelia in the equinox, there in her highheeled shoes.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • The solstice[263] he does not observe; the equinox he knows as little; and the whole bright calendar of the year is without a dial in his mind.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The rainy season of the autumnal equinox being now come, I kept the 30th of September in the most solemn manner, as usual, it being the third year of my abode in the island.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The agency was still in shock over the Equinox Oil campaign.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In fact, it’s our only chance until the fall equinox, six months from now.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • This is the equinox.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • She’s on the outside, Mama, outside in the storm, and she’s in the equinox.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • In the coming of these glittering flashes and the cries and the calling voices of the equinox, summer was turning into the past.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • At breakfast, you said Apophis would escape from his prison on the equinox.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • In reality, the only thing that could be isolated in the rocky paragraphs was the insistent hammering on the wordequinox, equinox, equinox, and the name of Alexander von Humboldt.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The long ago "What is the equinox?" she asked.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • But in the equinox Josie stayed with her mother, though the lightning stamped the pattern of her father’s dressing gown on the room.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • On the equinox, the bonds will weaken enough for the Serpent to break free at last.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • As for my face, the colour was not so swarthy as the Mulattoes, or might have been expected from one who took to little care of it, in a climate within nine or ten degrees of the equinox.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And now I perceived that the seasons of the year might generally be divided, not into summer and winter, as in Europe, but into wet and dry seasons, as in this manner: / February,\ Half< March, > Rainy, sun coming near the Equinox.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I knew that Uncle Press was to be executed at "the equinox," whatever that was.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • One with Equinox, the other with a leading competitive brand.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "The equinox is at midday tomorrow," she explained.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • We automatically used a term like "vernal equinox," because we knew that when we came to this topic, such terminology would reflect Hans Castorp’s own thinking.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Threatened boycotts of all Equinox products.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • At the equinox .
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Alder added, "And the equinox is fast approaching."
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • It was the equinox, and he was the next to die.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • The first thing next morning Josie ran outdoors to see what signs the equinox had left.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • By the equinox, he will rise.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The equinox starts the day after tomorrow at sunset.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Even if everything goes perfectly, that’ll leave you about twelve hours to put together the Book of Ra and use it before the eve of the equinox.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • And twenty-four hours from now, the next time the sun went down, the equinox would begin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
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