Autumnal Equinox, First Day of Fall, is Sunday

So sad the summer is gone. Come back soon!

Daylight and Darkness Have Equal Time: Equinox Officially Hits at 5:51 a.m. EDT

The birds and butterflies are already migrating, cool nights have eased the heat of summer and a record Arctic summer is already over, as the sea ice once again has begun to reform.

But the official beginning of fall is still a couple days off. The Autumnal equinox, when there is equal time of daylight and darkness, is Sunday, Sept. 23. The official moment is 5:51 a.m. EDT.

For the green set, fall means many things: A chance to enjoy a high point of the local harvest, foremost, and a time to explore the wonders of the outdoors, a close second.

Cultures throughout time have used the cycles of the sun to mark important events. The equinox itself holds less meaning in our modern society, and truly the change that comes to the season happens by degrees over time. But the notion of a balance between light and dark falling on a moment in time is a powerful, and useful, idea to dwell on long after the equinox has given way to the slow march of winter.

Autumnal Equinox, First Day of Fall, is Sunday (via The Daily Green)

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