The Earth will experience its second equinox of the year on September 22 — marking the first official day of fall.
During its two annual equinoxes, the Earth, which orbits the sun at an angle, will be totally perpendicular to the sun’s rays and will create a brief moment where the period of night and day are almost exactly equal.
The official start of Fall - the Fall/Autumnal Equinox - is THIS MORNING, at 9:30 AM EDT. This marks the time when the day-to-night line, called the terminator, is perfectly vertical from pole to pole and the sun is directly over the equator. #FallEquinox #FirstDayOfFall pic.twitter.com/kkSH3HM0RN— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 22, 2020
Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to notice the sun setting earlier as it traces a shorter and lower path across the sky for those in the northern hemisphere.
In northern cities in the U.S., each day will lose around two minutes of sunlight, the Washington Post reports. More southern cities, like Miami for example, will only lose about 90 seconds.
For astrology fans, September 22 is also when the sun enters Libra. According to Cafe Astrology, the next four weeks should be dedicated to balancing relationships and considering others’ needs before your own. Decision-making will be harder too — but this period of stress is supposed to pave the way for bigger and better changes to come.
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