Do you remember, lo about the start of the year, when your social media feeds and your email inbox and your magazines were full of lists suggesting how you could make 2015 the most efficient, easily managed year yet?
No more overwhelming to-do lists, no more conflicting commitments, just easier days ahead.
Clearly our holidays and special occasions and astronomical happenings and the seasons themselves are on these same social media feeds. For not only did Friday the 13th, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and Mardi Gras all converge in February -- with a similar, looser thing occurring between Friday the 13th and St. Patrick's Day over the second weekend of March -- but spring, the moon, and the sun have a lot planned over a single day.
That single day is Friday, March 20, 2015, which, in the annals of future legend, may henceforth be referred to as the official observance of SpringSolarEclipseSuperMoonia.
It's a mouthful, but pretty accurate: The vernal equinox falls on March 20, as does a Super Moon, as does a solar eclipse, an event that will be seen in full in Norway and partially in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Nope, Southern California did not make that look-up-in-wonder list, but if you still need to mark the moment -- when you're not watching live feeds of the eclipse online -- Griffith Observatory will be open, and, as always, free.
Again, no solar eclipse to see in our SoCal skies, but plenty to learn about the cosmos, which, rumor has it, are rather on the large side.
As for communing with the spritely season of robins and bluebells? Or, more accurately, at least around this region, gulls and jacaranda? Any of our big gardens will do the trick, from the LA Arboretum to The Huntington. Descanso Gardens of La Cañada Flintridge is throwing a festival in honor of its cherry blossoms on March 21 and 22, and everybody knows that there's nothing springier than a cherry blossom.
Let's not argue about this one.
In fact, we'd turn to science to back us up on that cherry blossoms=springtime claim, but science has its hands full with Super Moons and solar eclipses these days.
Stay busy, science.
So what's next on the everything-all-at-once calendar? Perhaps 2015 really will prove to be more efficient than most. If only we humans could follow suit.