22 Sep '14, 5pm

8 things you didn't know about the autumnal equinox

8 things you didn't know about the autumnal equinox

The Northern Hemisphere will bid an official farewell to summer on the evening of Sept. 22 and welcome in the fall. At precisely 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the sun will be directly in line with Earth's celestial equator (the equator projected onto the sky,) and day and night will last roughly the same amount of time. From there, the days will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice, at which point they will begin their journey back in the unending cycle that marks our four seasons. Welcome to the autumnal equinox. While most of us realize that this special September day marks the start of sweaters-boots-and-pumpkin season (known to some as “fall”), there’s much more to know about the date than first meets the eye. Consider the following facts: 1. The term equinox comes from the Latin “aequus” for "equal" and "nox" for "night," since the equinox (both in the...

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