September is already here and now, what we have been eagerly waiting for is the Autumnal Equinox 2016. The September Equinox or Autumnal Equinox 2016 is coming up on September 22. It may sometimes also fall on 23rd of September. The earth sees two equinoxes every, out of which one is the March Equinox and the other one is September equinox. The first day of fall is also on 22nd September.
The Autumnal Equinox is the second equinox of the year and is generally on the first day of fall. It marks the end of the summer season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the autumn. In the southern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of the spring season.
Autumnal Equinox is a moment
Yes, you read that right. Autumnal Equinox is a moment rather than being a day-long event. The Autumnal Equinox 2016 is going to be at 10:21am on Thursday. It is the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator or the imaginary line above the Earth’s Equator in the sky. On this occasion, the length of the day and night will nearly be equal. The full moon is closest to the September Equinox that is also called Harvest Moon in the Northern Hemisphere.
The time difference between the two successive moons’ rise also decrease. Around the world, the Autumnal Equinox is celebrated by holding feasts and some places even declare a holiday on the occasion. The areas located at the high Northern Hemisphere latitudes may also witness the aurora borealis display. Fall starts with the September Equinox.
From the Autumnal Equinox, the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer up to Winter solstice. The precise time of the event also varies from year to year. For the astrological people, it is marked by the sun entering the zodiac sign, Libra.