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Autumnal EquinoxWe don’t have to tell you that the days are getting shorter and the temperature has been getting much crisper, but Tuesday officially marked the first day of fall and the Autumnal Equinox.

An equinox is an astrological event that happens twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. The Earth orbits on the tilt of its axis at 23 ½ degrees and on the day of the equinox, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light more directly. During the Autumnal Equinox, day and night all over the world are balanced to nearly 12 hours each. Of course, the daylight will continue to become shorter and shorter until we approach the winter solstice.

Fall seems to be a season favorite for Wisconsinites because it means football, cooler Fall at Lions Prideweather and pumpkins. We especially love this time of year because of the changing leaves surrounding the Lions Pride Office.

What is your favorite part about fall?

Sources:

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-september-equinox

http://www.weather.com/news/science/autumnal-equinox-first-day-fall-september-22-20140920

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