Autumnal Equinox

Today Fall officially begins with the Autumnal Equinox! Why is it called an equinox? The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night.”

On this day Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally and the Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, which means the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other. After the autumnal equinox, the nights will get longer and the days shorter until the December solstice near Christmas.

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