Samantha Highfill
March 20, 2014 AT 02:19 PM EDT

Despite the cold weather still plaguing much of the nation, today is technically the first day of spring. And Google, for one, is ready to celebrate!

Google is marking the moment that the sun crosses the equator with a new animated Doodle that features beautiful flowers blooming. An equinox only happens twice a year, in March and again in September. During the spring equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day and night is nearly equal. In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox is designated the “spring equinox,” but for the southern hemisphere it is the “fall equinox.”

Here’s hoping the warm weather this doodle illustrates actually comes soon!

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