First Day of Autumn: How We Came to Celebrate Equinoxes

September 23, 2014 7:20 PM

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As the leaves begin to take on a golden shade and a growing windchill sends people into warmer clothes, the fall equinox reminds the planet that seasons are changing. Starting Monday night, the Earth will reach the point where the sun shines down directly on the equator, favoring neither the Southern nor Northern Hemispheres. They both experience 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime for just one day, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

As the leaves begin to take on a golden shade and a growing windchill sends people into warmer clothes, the fall equinox reminds the planet that seasons are changing. Starting Monday night, the Earth will reach the point where the sun shines down directly on the equator, favoring neither the Souther...

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