The Autumnal Equinox

Tonight is the Autumnal Equinox. The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter. See your local Sun rise and set times and see how the days change!

On the equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn’t end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth’s atmosphere refracts the Sun’s rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former astronomer, George Greenstein, “If the Sun were to shrink to a starlike point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.'”

(Photo from our local hills )

In the new 2012 energy, we will all have to pay close attention to mother earth…she will protect us if we show her our sincere consideration.

Happy Autumnal Equinox mother earth !

I hope everyone has a simply enchanting weekend…

information from almanac.com

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