March 5, 2002
Ask the common high school students what the difference between an equinox and a solstice is. Even simple examples can be used. You'll probably get the people still looking for an answer or using what intelligence they have to come up with the wrong answer. Ask them when the events occur and a calendar will be needed. They will be correct if the calendar reads "Vernal Equinox" or "Summer Solstice" rather than "Spring Begins" or "Summer Begins". Equinoxes are the days Earth is equally distanced from the sun. Solstices are when Earth is at extreme ends of the elliptical orbit.