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The Autumn Equinox

 

The 2014 autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs Monday, September 22, at 7:29pm PDT (02:29 UT Tuesday, Sept. 23), when the Sun enters Libra. It is one of the two days of the year that the Sun moves across the celestial equator, the imaginary line among the stars that lies directly above the Earth's equator circling from east to west. The Sun's crossing of the celestial equator occurs one other time on the spring equinox. Both times this crossing occurs, the Sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west!

 

Image: TheSky Astronomy Software

The Sun crosses the celestial equator at both equinoxes.
The Sun is ascending "springing" in March, and descending "falling" in September.

At the instant of the September equinox, the midday sun will be shining straight overhead at the equator. As the September equinox sun crosses the equator, going from north to south, it’ll signal the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. EarthSky.org

Note: The Sun crosses the equator from north to south for both hemispheres at the September equinox, however the daily path of the noonday Sun "springs up" toward the north for the Southern Hemisphere's springtime and continues to "fall" toward the south for the Northern Hemisphere's fall or autumn. AstroViewer the interactive sky map is helpful in seeing this ... Trust - Give it time to load in!

 

Equinox, which means "equal night" refers to a time when the length of day and night are equal. As the Sun crosses the celestial equator, the axis of the Earth points neither toward nor away from the Sun resulting in in 12 hours of darkness and light over the planet.

... Since the Earth's tilt relative to the Sun is constantly changing, the 12-hour symmetry can be only approximately true anywhere. However, if you look at the sunrise sunset times for your location, you find that it is several minutes off on this date. Why? It's because the refracting or bending effects of the Earth's atmosphere alters the observed time of sunrise and sunset. The Sun rises a little earlier and sets a little later due to this effect, causing the observed equinox to precede the true equinox by a few days in spring. In the fall it follows by a few days. Larry Sessions  for Space.com

Seasons and the Celestial Sphere

The path of the Sun in the sky intersects the celestial sphere and marks the seasons. At the spring and autumn equinoxes, when the Sun intersects the celestial equator it rises due east and sets due west. At the summer solstice, when the Sun reaches its highest point north of the celestial equator it rises as far northeast as it can and sets as far northwest as it can. At the winter solstice, when the Sun reaches its lowest point south of the celestial equator it rises as far southeast as it can and sets as far southwest as it can.

... on the week before and after the equinox the Sun changes its rising and setting position on the horizon each day by a full Sun's width, which is over half a degree. (moving from north to south) Of course you have to be careful not to stare at the Sun as it rises or sets. On the equinox it will rise due east and set due west, but then the following week watch it again dramatically change ... as it moves from due east toward the south and you'll be absolutely amazed! Star Gazer

Celestial Sphere ~ Key Concepts

 

The autumn equinox occurs at the exact moment in time
when the Sun, heading from the north to the south,
appears in the sky at the point

where the ecliptic crosses the celestial equator.

Image: HyperPhysics

 

Here's a list of autumn equinox facts from The Seasons by the Astronomy Club of Tulsa:

The direct rays (of the Sun) are at the equator

Six months of darkness begins at the North Pole

Six months of light begins at the South Pole

Twelve hours of darkness and twelve hours of light all over the earth

It is the longest day of the year on the equator, again (spring equinox is the longest day, previous)

The sun rises due east and sets due west

Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere

Spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere

Hmmm ... check out the Spring Equinox page for more equinox facts and surprise your friends with them.

Aurora Season Begins!
Geomagnetic storms tend to be most intense
during the weeks around the September equinox.

Meditative insights for the Autumn Equinox


Global Meditations ~ September Equinox

There are a variety of equinox global meditations occurring at various times during the day. Participate in one or more of these meditations to strengthen the Light Grid of planet Earth. Those living in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are participating in September's equinox meditations.

Equinox Exact: Monday, September 22 at
7:29pm PDT (02:29
UT Tuesday, Sept. 23)

 

Cycle of Conferences - September
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(Begin focus anytime before or during.)

Cycle of Conferences is currently focusing
on the UN Climate Summit in New York.
"We are headed towards a future time when human
radiations will carry a spiritual force into the Earth.
Responsible stewardship will be one of the
expressions of these radiations." Read more.
Visualisation and Thoughts for Pondering
are included for this CoC meditation focus.

 

Global Equinox Meditation
Meditation Begins: Sept. 22 at 7:04pm PDT
Sept. 23 at 02:04 UT ~ Your Time
Communion of Souls: Sept. 22 at 7:29pm PDT
Sept. 23 at 02:29 UT ~ Your Time

A 30-min. audio meditation is provided.
The recording is designed to begin 25
minutes before the exact solstice time.
In addition 2 images are provided that
participants refer to during the audio meditation.
You may choose to not use the recording and
participate in the Communion of Souls
occurring at the exact equinox time.
If so, a 15 minute preparatory
meditation is recommended.
“We shall never underestimate the
power of our Union to bring about swift,
near miraculous changes around us.”

 

Global Equinox Sunrise / Sunset Meditation
September Equinox: Sunrise or Sunset
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Participants in this World Unity Celebration
TuneIn and SoulConnect 10 minutes before
the sunrise or sunset till 10 minutes after.
One opens the heart to the flow of Universal
Unconditional Love to heal oneself,
all of humanity and the planet.
Global Sunrise Sunset Times

 

Healing Our Oceans ~
Marine Meditation

September Equinox
8:00pm your time

This "Wave" meditation directs healing and loving
energies to the oceans of the world and will circle
the planet during this 24-hour period.
Gather for "Healing the Oceans of the World"
at a body of water or a sacred site.
The following link is related ...
Golden Water Activation Meditation
Merge with dolphin and whale consciousness.

 

Worldwide Didgeridoo Meditation
Tuesday, September 23 at Sunset

This a worldwide link-up of people supporting
environmental and personal awareness.
It is held on the equinoxes and solstices.
Starting at sunset participants are asked to
play or listen to meditative music
(preferably didgeridoos) for 45 minutes
and then sit silently for 15 minutes.
This wave meditation starts in New Zealand,
is followed by Australia, Asia, Arab countries,
Israel, Africa, Europe, with America,
Canada, Middle and South America
completing the world wide circle.
Participants Worldwide
Global Sunrse Sunset Times

 

Current and Ongoing Global Meditations

 

Have an Awesome Autumn!

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May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun

 

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