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


fall squirrel

11 Thoughts to “Welcome Fall–the Best of all the Seasons”

  1. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Fall is the best, no doubt about it. Case closed!

  2. Apple picking at Stribling orchard, cutting up apples and canning applesauce in Calverton with my friend, the midwife. Grumbling about how and when people do or don’t put their leaves to the curb in City of Manassas. Ah, Fall!

  3. Also, the crunching of acorns on the morning walks with my dog (Oscar the avatar).

    And the yanking of the leash at my wrist every few feet because of “SQUIRREL!”

  4. Acorns falling on my house,
    Fall leaves changing color,
    Acorns falling on my house,
    Cool winds in the air,
    Acorns FALLING ON my house,…
    Hot cider in my cup
    Acorns@! MORE Acorns! Stop!!!!!! AAAAAaaaaarrrrrrggggg!

    make it stop….make….it …..stop….

    Where’s my frikkin chainsaw?!
    What do you mean we can’t cut it down, that it shades the house?! I DON’T CARE! FREAKING ACORNS! EVERYWHERE!

    We need more squirrels.

    (I live under a giant oak tree. Rattles and knocks on the roof 24/7 until winter or a big windstorm.)

  5. marinm

    Fall in Virginia is THE best. I think we have bipartisan support for that. 🙂

  6. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    cindy b :Also, the crunching of acorns on the morning walks with my dog (Oscar the avatar).
    And the yanking of the leash at my wrist every few feet because of “SQUIRREL!”

    Hey, Hey!! Watch the vulgarity! 🙂

  7. Sorry, I said it too. No more saying “acorn.”

  8. I have not said anything to anyone about vulgarity…however….whats fair for one is fair for the other.

  9. Sciurus vulgaris – or as my first husband called them, “rats with tails.”

  10. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    So I guess we move from the “summer of recovery” to the “fall of the incumbents”.

  11. Cindy, that is so funny (and horrible sounding)!!! bwwwaaaaahahahahah

    Slow, clever, ….I begrudgingly hand you that.

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