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From March Equinox to June Solstice

You've made it through the winter and watched the food stores diminish. But the days are getting longer and green shoots are appearing. Spring is on the way. The festivals of the vernal equinox emphasize rebirth and renewal. In many cultures the equinox is also the New Year.

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From March Equinox to June Solstice

The days between the first day of spring and the start of summer are marked by astronomical events, discoveries, and birthdays. Here's a little quiz for you that picks out some of the highlights of this period.

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On March 25, 1665, Christiaan Huygens discovered Saturn's moon Titan. Huygens who was a prominent 17th century Dutch mathematician and scientist. The European Space Agency's Titan lander was named for him.

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A few days after the March equinox, German physician and astronomer, Heinrich Olbers, discovered the asteroid Pallas. It was the second asteroid to be discovered, and at the time they were considered to be planets. Pallas was discovered on March 28, 1802. On March 29, 1807, Olbers found a third asteroid. This was Vesta. From July 2011 to September 2012, NASA's Dawn mission visited Vesta.

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Easter Island and a distant dwarf planet. What do they have in common? The answer is Makemake, discovered on March 31, 2005. To English speakers, that looks like make-make, but it's a a Polynesian god whose name is pronounced MAH.kay.MAH.kay. In the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island he was a fertility god and the creator of humanity. But how did his name come to be given to a small frozen body seven billion kilometers (four billion miles) from the Sun?

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