1. Today is the Vernal Equinox. We made it! Here are some science facts (sciiiiience!):

  • The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
  • The equinoxes are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead.
  • On the Northern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox day, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight.
  • A person at the South Pole would also see the sun skim the horizon, but it would signal the start of six months of darkness.

2. The Obamas are planting a kitchen garden at the White House–it’s the first time there’s been a garden on the grounds since WWII, when there was a Victory Garden.