The spring equinox arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, officially heralding the end of winter, one of two days of the year when the length of day and night is nearly equal. The word "equinox" comes from the Latin for "equal" and "night," and across the world Thursday, nighttime and daytime are both 12 hours.
For almost as long as Google has been around, it's livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, , , and the .
To mark the promise of warmer weather and progressively longer days, the Google Doodle on Thursday features a floppy-eared bunny floating through the sky in a hot air balloon, brightly decorated with nature's symbols of spring: colorful tulips, green leaves and -- yes -- even some rain.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, Google is helping the Southern Hemisphere welcome the autumnal equinox and the shorter, cooler days it portends. For the Google Doodle south of the equator, a grey squirrel is piloting a hot air balloon featuring an argyle pattern emblazoned with familiar fall colors, while autumn leaves swirl around the balloon.
Whatever your season, enjoy the spectacle nature has in store.