The 2013 autumn
equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs
Sunday, September 22, at 1:44pm PDT
when the Sun enters Libra.
It is one of the two days of the year that the Sun moves across the
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!
Sun crosses the celestial equator at both equinoxes.
The Sun is ascending "springing" in March,
and descending "falling" in September.
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
Southern Hemisphere. EarthSky.org
Sun crosses the equator from north to south for both hemispheres
at the September equinox, however the daily path of the noonday
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.
interactive sky map is helpful in seeing this.
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 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
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
and the Celestial
of the Sun in the sky intersects the celestial
sphere and marks the
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.
the week before and after the equinox the Sun changes its rising
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
watch it again dramatically change ... as it moves from due east
toward the south and you'll be absolutely amazed! Star
Celestial Sphere ~ Key Concepts
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
the ecliptic crosses
a list of autumn equinox facts from The
Seasons by the Astronomy Club of Tulsa:
direct rays (of the Sun) are at the equator
months of darkness begins at the North Pole
months of light begins at the South Pole
hours of darkness and twelve hours of light
all over the earth
is the longest day of the year on the equator, again (spring
equinox is the longest day, previous)
sun rises due east and sets due west
begins in the Northern Hemisphere
begins in the Southern Hemisphere
out the Spring
Equinox page for more equinox facts and surprise your friends with
Geomagnetic storms tend to be most intense
during the weeks around the September equinox.
insights for the Autumn Equinox
Meditations ~ September Equinox
Exact: Sunday, September 22 at 1:44pm PDT (20:44 UT)
September 22, 2013
1:44 PDT (24:44 UT)
or any other moment
as One through a
global Communion of souls.
We shall never underestimate
the power of our Union to bring about
swift, near miraculous changes around us.
Rememberance Keys, Affirmations
Universal Principles are included
to assist one in holding a sacred space.
Equinox Sunrise / Sunset Meditation
September Equinox: Sunrise or Sunset
Sunday, September 22, 2013
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
Our Oceans ~
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.
following link is related ...
Water Activation Meditation
Merge with dolphin and whale consciousness.
September Solstice at Sunset
Sept. 23 in New Zealand
Ends: Sept. 22 in South Amerca
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.
Sunrse Sunset Times
and Ongoing Global Meditations
an Awesome Autumn!
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