9.22.2014

Equal Parts Day & Night

Today was the last day of summer!! 

We spent the entire day outside! It began with meeting new friends at the playground. I can't imagine a better way to end the summer. Throughout the rest of the day, several people corrected us by insisting that today is the first day of fall. Not the way we see it! Autumn Equinox occurs tonight at 9:29 PM (CST), when the sun shines directly on the equator. So, this day, during all of its hours of daylight, was officially the last day of summer.

"Equinox" derives from a Latin word meaning "equal night."

(Jackson, 2003)
On the day following the autumnal equinox, the sun will rise exactly in the east and set exactly in the west, resulting in 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime, all over the world ...equal parts day and night.

We enjoyed reading the one book we were able to find at the library, which enlightened us on the traditions surrounding the autumnal equinox.


I welcome recommendations for great books that highlight the science of this seasonal change or the various cultural celebrations with which the onset of autumn coincides.

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