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Mountain Skies: Autumn Arrived At 3:50 This Morning

 

September 23, 2019

Happy Equinox!

At precisely 3:50 a.m. this morning, the sun, in its annual path around the ecliptic, crossed the celestial equator headed south for the fall and winter. This point in the sky is called the autumnal or fall equinox and the sun’s passage through it marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere. Today, we have nearly equal lengths of time when the sun is above and below the horizon. (For Brevard, sunrise is 7:20 a.m. EDT and sunset occurs at 7:27 p.m. EDT.) Thus, the day and night are of equal length and we use the term equinox, meaning literally “equal night....



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