The first day of the fall is renowned as “ Autumnal Equinox”. This time it was on Thursday, 22nd September. Technically speaking, the day and the night are of same duration on the day of Autumnal Equinox. This officially marks the beginning of fall. Equinoxes are of two types, one falls in the summers and the other in this phase of time. Although Autumnal Equinox falls on every year but it still surprises you. This leads to a sudden switch.
You feel the change in the air. Fall is a beautiful season. And the onset is great as well. EQUINOX is formed from 2 words, equal and night. This is an apt representation of equality of day and night on this day. When you notice that the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you get to know that the reign of summer has come to an end.
Take a look on the facts about Autumnal Equinox.
1. It falls on 22nd, 23rd or 24th September. This year it fell in September 22.
2. An equinox occurs twice a year. Once in March and the other in September.
3. The timings for the recent equinox were as follows:
Eastern Daylight Time: 10:21 a.m.
Central Daylight Time: 9:21 a.m.
Mountain Daylight Time: 8:21 a.m.
Pacific Daylight Time: 7:21 a.m.
4. The Autumnal Equinox is also known by the names : the fall equinox and the September equinox.
5. In Northern Hemisphere, the Fall Equinox marks the end of summer. Say goodbye to summer.
6. The warmest place during this time is Florida. The coldest is Alaska.
7. Saturn will be shining brightly in the southwestern skies during sunset all week long.
8. Meteorologists don’t follow astronomical seasons. They have their own dates fixed for it.
9. The Northern and Southern Hemisphere illuminate equally during this time. This is because of the position of sun.
10. The day and night are almost of same length. They are, however, not exactly equal. Days are longer by 8 to 14 minutes.
11. The day and night will be of same length after 4 days of the Equinox. This is 26th of September i.e. Sunday.
12. In Southern Hemisphere, it is the onset of spring. The most beautiful season.
13. The Equinox normally occurs on 22nd and 23rd and very rarely on 24th. A 21st September equinox hasn’t occurred since 1000 CE.
14. The start of autumn is celebrated by feasting on the summer’s harvest in some cultures. They also prepare for the winters.
15. The fall Equinox falls at the same time throughout the world. It is not like the New Year Eve.
16. The time difference between moonset on one day and the next moonrise become lesser.
17. This time increases animal libidos. Not just animals, humans too.