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Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Autumnal Equinox

The picture above is not quite how the southern part of Illinois looks like today. In a few months though it will look like this picture in many beautiful ways. While today is the first day of fall we experienced temperatures that were 90 degrees and above. My grand-daughter stated she did not know what to wear today on the first day of fall blue jeans or shorts. I suggested shorts as it was going to be very hot yet she had a point should these high temps not be gone.

Today, September 22nd the Autumnal Equinox took place. The Northern Hemisphere happens on the day in which the sun crosses the celestial equator. The equinox happens every year and takes place between September 22nd to September 24th. Those living in the Southern Hemisphere know this day as their spring equinox.

Here in the northern hemisphere the autumnal equinox marks the end of summer and beginning of fall. It was important day to many mostly for the agriculturally based communities like the one I live in. There are many festivals that continue today that took place in the past to celebrate the fall harvest season

On the day of the Autumnal Equinox the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The equinox takes place on one of two days when all points on Earth except the polar region sees the sun rise and set at due east and due west. There are few exceptions to this. There are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

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  1. I miss seeing the leaves change - it never looks like that in Florida

    1. the news said tonight that our area may not look the best either because of drought. I have always loved the beauty of fall
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