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The Autumnal Equinox


picture of explanation of the equinox

There is an equinox twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. It's when the tilt of the earth's axis is such that the night and the day are approximately the same length everywhere in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This year that moment occurred at bed time last night where I live. Today is the first full day of fall, and we also had a full moon at 5:17 am. The full moon closest to the fall equinox is called a "harvest moon." The last time the harvest moon was this close to the equinox was 1991.

All this thinking about the sun's rays and full moons reminded me of some pictures I've accumulated and received from readers. This seems like the perfect time to share these. Some are quite sunny, others a bit loony.

Here are several pictures people snapped when cranes and the sun were in perfect alignment.

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

Here are some shots staged by sports-minded people.

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

This one gets me in the mood for It's a Wonderful Life — George Bailey Lassos the Moon!

picture of sun and moon placement

Would this be a "moondial?"

picture of sun and moon placement

This person must have had a lot of fun with this large full moon that evening.

picture of sun and moon placement

picture of sun and moon placement

Eating light these days?

picture of sun and moon placement

Right at your fingertips....

picture of sun and moon placement

Here's a whole new twist on sunkist....

picture of sun and moon placement

I've got the moon on a string....

picture of sun and moon placement

Here's to happy endings!

picture of sun and moon placement

I'm hoping fall weather will arrive soon too. A day without temps in the 90's will be very welcome indeed! How is fall looking in your part of the world? (Or spring for you readers living in the southern hemisphere?) This might be a great time to get out there, take some cool pictures, and send them my way! :-)

quotation...

"Don't second guess what God has already shown you." - Drew Conley

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Rob

A day without sunshine is like ... night.


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4 Comments on “The Autumnal Equinox”

  1. #1 Donna Lawrence
    on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I hear that now through the end of September is the best opportunity in 12 years to see Jupiter (our orbits are close right now.)

    Rob adds: Thanks, Donna. I read that also in my prep for this post. I tried to narrow what I included, but I hope many of the interesting things I read about appear in the comments. I need to get out there tonight and scan the heavens!

  2. #2 Sifar Anel
    on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Ur blogs are amazingly cool to read.

    Rob adds: Thanks! Glad you enjoy my posts. I enjoy putting them together.

  3. #3 Alison
    on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Loved the pictures!

    Here in western Washington, the weather is cold, wet, and grey. 90s temps? What are those?! It’s been too long ago to remember!

    Rob adds: I could so go with some cold and wet right now (you can keep the gray). :-) We’re in moderate drought here. I almost made my sig line “A day without sunshine is like … a day in Seattle,” but I thought it wasn’t very kind. Sounds as if it may have been spot on, huh?

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Sep 24th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Very neat pictures! Looks like some people had fun. Here in Fairbanks, Alaska, winter is very close–it was below freezing this morning and the forecast is low of 18 tonight. Brrr! I’m knitting….

    Rob adds: Brrr is right! I’m really not interested in winter quite yet … fall would be a nice change for now. I’m surprised you have time to knit, homeschooling Samuel and Elizabeth and caring for baby Philip.


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