Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Shed a tear (of Joy?) It's the official first day of Autumn

Today, at precisely 12:30 p.m., we say so long summer, hello fall.

The Autumn equinox signals the beginning of Fall. It is the point where there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. If you live anywhere else, however, you will see a little bit more or a little bit less than 12 hours of daylight. The daylight hours are dwindling and will continue to do so until we reach the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the start of winter on December 21st.

In ancient times, the Autumn Equinox was cause for a variety of pagan festivals, among them the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth.

Let's back up a bit. Why does the Sun move up and down every day? Because the Earth turns. Why does the Sun get higher in the summer and lower in the winter? Because the Earth goes around the Sun, and the Earth is tilted.

Everyone good on this?



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