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Autumnal Equinox – Sunday

Sunday evening 22nd Sept 2013
Autumnal Equinox sunset.
Irish landscape photography by Nigel Borrington

Sunday and today marks the autumnal equinox, the time when the day light and dark of the night are exactly equal.

Why is it called an Equinox?

On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”/

The September equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south.

This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth’s axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun.

So a happy Equinox to everyone !

12 responses

  1. artscottnet

    Hi! Beautiful sky image Nigel! The equinoctes, for me, marks my favorite times of each year… that is, to say, I love Autumn and Spring… Fall when everything seems, for me, to burst with color, so much so that even I can tell it’s color ;), then the snow, and Spring, new life… and it’s a reminder of how carefully balanced our world is, fragile, destructive if it chose to be… great post… hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend

    September 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    • Hello Scott 🙂

      Thank you 🙂

      Your comment is just brilliant and very welcome, I can only agree and say thank you 🙂

      September 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  2. Everything about this image is stunning Nigel. 🙂

    The rich colours of the sky, the grazing horses, the stand of slim bare trees right where the horizon slants towards the middle from both sides, and the jet overhead.


    Happy Equinox to you.


    September 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    • p.s. – the road on one side and natural horizon on the other. Just a perfect image for the equinox!


      September 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    • Hello Sharon 🙂

      Thank you, Such great comments Sharon, very pleased you enjoyed this image 🙂 🙂

      September 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

  3. poppytump

    Such a gorgeous palette of colours for the Equinox Nigel ! What perfect spot you chose 🙂

    September 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    • Hello Poppy 🙂

      Thank you, Happy Equinox, and I am very pleased you visited, enjoyed the post and commented 🙂

      September 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

  4. Beautiful colours Nigel! Happy Equinox to you too 🙂

    September 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

  5. 1annecasey

    Wow – stunning colours!

    October 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

    • Hello Anne 🙂

      Thank you 🙂 It’s a great time of year for all the colours, I remember your great autumn images , OMG, six months goes so fast!!!

      October 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

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