Fall Equinox Occurs Today


Fall officially arrives today! On Saturday, September 22, 2018, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of atumn, with daylight hours continuing to shorten until the winter solstice in December.

The equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 8:54 p.m. Central time this evening.

Equinox literally means “equal night.” During the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

Maybe you were told that during the equinox, it’s easier to balance an egg on its end than on other days. That’s a myth. The positioning of the Sun relative to the Earth has no effect on the Earth’s gravitational pull or our abilities to balance things on it. You can balance an egg on its end any day of the year.

The Harvest Moon takes place just two days after the autumn equinox, on September 24, 2018. According to Farmer’s Almanac, the September full moon gets its name from the fact that it always occurs within two weeks before or two weeks after the autumn equinox.

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