Slooh Celebrates Earliest Spring Since 1896: Watch Live Today

A view of Earth from space as seen by NASA's NPP Suomi satellite as seen in January 2012.
A view of Earth from space as seen by NASA's NPP Suomi satellite as seen in January 2012. (Image credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

Just in time for changing seasons, the online community observatory Slooh will host a live view of the sun and discuss the aurora borealis today (March 19) in a webcast celebrating the earliest northern spring since 1896.

Starting at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 19, Slooh and The Old Farmer's Almanac will provide views from the Prescott Observatory in Arizona and the "spectacle of the aurora borealis from northern latitudes," Slooh representatives wrote in a statement. You can watch the webcast live on Slooh.The webcast will also visible at, courtesy of Slooh.

"Thanks to some Leap Day weirdness this year, we're in for the earliest arrival of spring since 1896," said Slooh astronomer Paul Cox in the same statement.

"Vernal equinox usually occurs on March 21st, but this year, depending on your time zone, it falls on March 19 or 20. That's great for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but it also marks an early start to winter for those in the Southern Hemisphere."

The show will feature Slooh astronomers Paul Cox and Bob Berman discussing the historical and cultural significance of the vernal equinox, which happens when day and night are at approximately equal lengths around the world. (In the Northern Hemisphere, this happens on the first day of spring and first day of fall.)

They will be joined by guest Mare-Anne Jarvela, senior editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac, who will provide information on gardening and folklore. Viewers can join in by tweeting @Slooh during the broadcast.

"Slooh's mission is to bring a global community together to celebrate this moment as humans have done since antiquity, to mark the change of the seasons," Slooh founder and CEO Michael Paolucci in a statement.

"We are honored to co-host with the venerable Old Farmer's Almanac, North America’s most popular periodical and oldest published almanac, or 'calendar of the heavens.'"

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Elizabeth Howell
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: