The autumnal equinox occurs on September 22 at 11:09 pm. The sun will be directly over the equator. Day and night will be equal. Starting then, we will lose about 2 minutes of light per day until the winter solstice. Then we start to gain, until the summer solstice. On November 7, we will fall back and go on regular time.
Changing leaves, apple picking, football, soccer games with the kids, chilly evenings and warm days are all symbols of fall. Its time to plant flowers that survive the winter like ornamental kale, cabbage and pansies. Watch out for squirrels. They are suicidal this time of year.
And let’s not forget election day, the first Tuesday in November.
What’s your favorite season and month?
Some space dates from space.com
The full moon (Harvest Moon) and the equinox fall on the same day.
Wed., September 22, evening
Jupiter, Uranus, and the Moon
Just after sunset, if you look to the east you will see the Full Moon rising. Soon it will be joined by brilliant Jupiter, just below it, one day past opposition with the Sun. Look closely with binoculars or a small telescope, and you will see the tiny planet Uranus, also just past opposition, a degree above Jupiter and its moons.
Thu., September 23, evening twilight
Venus at greatest brilliancy
As Venus draws closer to the Earth, it looms larger in size, but its crescent grows narrower in as it moves in front of the Sun. Tonight it reaches its greatest illuminated extent, and hence is at its most brilliant, magnitude – 4.8