Today is the atumnal equinox. Say it–ah TUM nal... kinda rolls off the tongue.
…when the Sun is exactly above the Equator, this year cacluated to be at 8:04 pm, EDT, and day and night are of equal length. Today the sun begins the journey south to mark the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Exactly above the equator…imagine being in space and seeing that! ‘Course, there is not really a line and I can’t even come up with where you would have to be in space…but still, pretty cool thought.
Way back in the last century, I took an astronomy class for my college science credits. Mrs. Larson was the professor, she and her husband square danced with my parents. I loved astronomy. To this day I remember the parts about the eighteen nodes of the moon, the orbit of the sun, the impact of the moon on the tides, waning and waxing moons, identifying the constellations, which I am still lousy at and the solar system.