The Autumnal Equinox Is Next Friday


September 14, 2017

Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 4:02 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22, the sun will cross the celestial equator in the sky heading south. This will be the first moment of autumn.

What is the astronomical significance of this moment? At this moment the sun in its apparent path around the sky will stand directly over the equator of Earth. It is one of t...

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