A hearty welcome to spring, which begins this year on March 20 at 5:37 a.m. local time when the sun as seen from Earth crosses into the northern half of the sky, shining more light on those of us in the northern hemisphere.

We have just gone through another rite of spring, the switch to daylight saving time. Of course changing the clocks doesn’t actually create any more daylight, but it does give the impression of more daylight, at least for people who don’t have to get up early.

Ian Clarke is the director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College. More information available at www.gettysburg.edu/hatterplanetarium.

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