Tomorrow is the Vernal Equinox which marks the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  We will have increasing daylight hours and warmer temperatures. 

To celebrate the occasion, let’s have a nature challenge two-fer!  

First, Dark Sky Maine will be holding a free Equinox Star Party on Sunday, March 21st at 7:00 pm EDT.  

Featured presenters include:  

John Meader, Director of Northern Stars Planetarium, will conduct a tour of the spring skies.

Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center at the University of Maine, will point out some deep-sky objects through the online SLOOH robotic telescopes. These objects are typically visible using binoculars and small backyard telescopes.  (Create a list and see what you can find!)

AND,  

Serena Sanborn, a Maine Master Naturalist, will offer insights into the amphibians that we may find in the vernal pools that we discussed earlier this week.

Get more information to join the event here:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/2c7d8e4

Then, during the daytime, go scout out a vernal pool.  It will be an environment worth watching through the next few months.

This challenge is rated easy. 

@darkskymaine  @NorthernStarsPlanetarium  @JordanPlanetarium  @MaineMasterNaturalists

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