Spring Equinox and Equilux, March 2022 Equal Day and Night

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Equinox sunset in the west of Ireland 2022 Equinox sunset in the west of Ireland 2022

Sunset in the west of Ireland, the spring equinox occurred today March 20th, this sees the sun pass the equator and means that all places on earth effectively receive the same amount of night.

In Ireland, the days started to become longer than night on the 18th of March, a few days ago - this is known as the Equilux.

Here, a few moments before sunset on the equinox the bright and colourful sun edges towards the horizon to mark the official start of spring, even though meteorologically spring begins on the 1st of March and in Ireland, traditionally it begins on the 1st of February or Imbolc which is also Saint Brigid's Day.

At the moment daylight length is increasing by over 4 minutes per day, every day in Dublin although that rate of increase will begin to slow all the way to June 21st when the days will shorten again.

Of course, in Ireland seasons are not fixed and there is quite an overlap between winter and spring, we can still see snow and hailstones in April and heatwaves in February and March - one of which is predicted for the coming week.

That is part of the fun in landscape photography, predicting and dealing with weather, whether it is favourable or inclement can have a large influence on a final image.

Join me, Panoramic Ireland, to photograph in the west of Ireland, in Dublin or on the Giant's Causeway in spring, summer, autumn or winter.

Last modified on Sunday, 20 March 2022 22:14
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

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