Meet me at the Equinox

ImageWe all want the next season to come once one is just hardly started. I am just like everyone else, wanting summer once it is spring and autumn once it is summer. Not too long ago marked the first day of my favorite season that I never wish away, autumn. Along came with it, the Autumn Equinox.

Learning new facts about something is always a good thing. And even as much as I love autumn, or as some call it Fall, I can still find out new information about autumn, or the Autumn Equinox. As I found here.

The autumn equinox falls roughly on the same day most years, like this year the 22nd or some years the 23rd depending on the position of the sun. One year it did fall on the 24th because the calendar we use does not match completely up with the orbit of the sun. This will not happen again till 2303. How amazing that we can know something 300 years in advance.

One of my favorite things about fall, other than it being sweater weather, is the changing of leaves. Raking the leaves and jumping into the piles. The gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows brighten up the day. But have you ever wondered why they change colors? The reason leaves change color is because the cold weather makes them stop producing chlorophyll, as this stops being produces it changes to the other pigments of the leaves. With global warming this could soon end.

What about that bright moon that we see every year around this time around the Autumn Equinox? The Harvest Moon it is called. It can come any time from 2 weeks before the Equinox to 2 weeks after. This year it happens to have happened on the nights of September 18-19th and 19-20th. You can read more about the Harvest moon here. Autumn is not the only season with its own moon though, every season has one.

What is your favorite thing about Autumn?