Stand an Egg to Celebrate Vernal Equinox 2009

standing-egg-on-equinox-blogEggs enjoy standing at attention to signal the Vernal Equinox.

At precisely 7:44 am, EDT, on March 20, 2009, the Spring or Vernal Equinox will occur. This is when the sun sits directly above the equator and gives us equal amounts of day and night. This equinox marks the end of a long winter and the first day of spring–so let’s celebrate!

As a gardener, the equinox means it’s time to get back outside and get growing. One of my favorite ways to recognize nature’s pull on me is to stand an egg on its end at the moment of the equinox.

Despite the lack of a scientific explanation for this feat, I still believe it’s the earth’s gravitational pull that makes an egg stand up and salute the changing of the seasons. In fact, I’ve felt that gravitational pull as an egg has stood upright on its own.

It’s a lot of fun, especially this year when the equinox is at a decent hour instead of 2 or 3 in the morning. Gather the kids, the eggs and your camera and give it a try:

Several minutes before the appointed time, get a raw egg from the fridge and try to balance it on it’s fat end on a smooth level surface. Hold lightly at the very top with your index finger and then let go.

If the egg topples, repeat the process. There will be a moment when the egg resists falling and will stand upright on its own.

Be sure to take some pictures to share with nonbelievers and share your results here.


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Very well written article, but I must tell you that standing the egg up only on the equinox is a myth. You can do it any time. I did it just this morning; June 21, 2009.

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