What’s up with Equinoxes and Solstices?

Today at 11:09 EDT marks the last day of summer and the first day of Autumn…also known as the Autumnal Equinox.  Earth has two Equinoxes…Autumnal Equinox (last day of summer/first day of fall) and the Vernal Equinox (last day of winter/first day of spring).  The Equinoxes are times when there is equal daylight and darkness.  As for the southern hemisphere…the seasons are opposite as the northern hemisphere.  So when everyone is bundled up and freezing in Kansas in January, everyone n Australia is running around in shorts and t-shirts.

Then there are the solstices…The summer solstice (June 21), which marks the first day of summer,  and the winter solstice (Dec. 21-22), which marks the fist day of winter, occur when the sun is farthest from the celestial equator.

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