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The Autumn Equinox

 

The 2011autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere occurs Friday,September 23, at 2:05am PDT (09:05 UT), when the Sun entersLibra. 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.

 

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 thesunrise 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 canAt 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 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 ~ Autumn Equinox

 

Global Equinox Meditation
Friday, September 23, 2011
Meditation Exact at:
2:04am PDT (09:04 UT)

Join the eighth step in a series of 12 globally
synchronized meditations by EarthRainbowNetwork.
These celebrate the last 12 solstices and
equinoxes before December 21, 2012.
They help stir the remembrance of Who We Are.
" Remembrance Key" meditation is provided
for the exact moment of the equinox.
"I am Mercy"
(If you miss the exact moment,
“stir the remembrance" anytime!)

 

Global Solar Wave Celebration
September Equinox
Friday, September 23, 2011

Global Solar Wave Celebration calls all light workers
and way-showers to SHINE ~ SERVE ~ SHARE with
the WORLD! Join together in an awakening,
unstoppable Solar Wave of joyful celebration
and heart Centered Community Service.
Gather for a sunrise ceremony or plan
a gathering out under the Sun.
Network this event in your area.
Solar Meditations are included.
Global Sunrise Times

 

Global Equinox Sunrise / Sunset Meditation
September Equinox
Friday, September 23, 2011

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.

 

Healing Our Oceans ~
Marine Meditation 

Autumn Equinox
Friday, September 23, 2011
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
Friday, September 23, 2011
Sunset Your Time

This meditation is 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 to sit silently for 15 minutes.

 

Current and Ongoing Global Meditations

 

Have an Awesome Autumn!

I'd like to know your thoughts about The Night Sky and
if you'd like reminders to Look Up! ...

send me an email
.
May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun

 

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