We don’t have to tell you that the days are getting shorter and the temperature has been getting much crisper. (Yes, we’ve already seen frost advisories over the course of a few nights!) Although the changing weather is evident, it may still be hard to believe that this upcoming Tuesday, September 22, officially marks the first day of fall and the Autumnal Equinox.
If you’re anything like us, you may be wondering, “What is an equinox?” We know that it was probably an important lesson in middle school, but we all have a lot to remember. So, how about a lesson refresh?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the word “equinox” is derived from the Latin word aequus, which means “equal” and “night.” During the equinox, day and night are roughly the same lengths of time or equal.
Equinox, of course, 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. On the day of the equinox, at approximately 8:31 am CST, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will trade places in receiving the sun’s light more directly. We don’t have to tell you that starting next week, the sun will begin to rise later, and dusk will come sooner.
Fall seems to be a season favorite for Wisconsinites because it means the return of football, cool, crisp weather and pumpkin spice everything. We especially love this time of year because we always enjoy watching the changing leaves that surround the Wisconsin Lions Camp.
What is your favorite part about fall? Let us know in the comments below.
Happy Autumnal Equinox from Lions Pride!