The Autumnal Equinox
As much as I enjoy the temperate days of fall, the beautiful colors of the foliage, and all things pumpkin and spice, I am always sad to see summer end. Trees, flowers, and gardens are ending their annual cycle of growth. Birds have gathered into flocks and many are beginning their migration south.
Lake Ellyn in Early October
Shorter Days, Longer Nights
The Autumnal Equinox occurred today at 9:21am CDT in the northern hemisphere. This was the moment the sun crossed the equator from north to south and the beginning of later dawns and earlier sunsets.
For the next week or so, the sun rises due east and sets due west, which is what causes that glare when driving on east-west roads. As we move into the final months of the years, the northern hemisphere will tilt farther and farther away from the sun causing its rays to arrive at a steeper angle and giving us the short days of winter. This continues until December 21st when the sun will have reached it’s southernmost position: the winter solstice.
And then I begin to count the days until spring!
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