What Is The Autumn Equinox

What is the Autumn equinox and did you know we had it recently? With the weather getting colder and there being less outdoor activities to enjoy, something seasonal is happening around us

I had heard of it before but have never been really aware of the impact it had or importance



The Earth

Planet earth spins on a tilted axis as it makes it’s way round the sun each year. It takes 365 days for the earth to go all the way round, which is a year

Throughout the year different points on the earth have different amounts of sunlight and different seasons. This is due to the positioning of the axis, if it was totally straight then there would be no seasons. The sun would be fixed and only certain countries would experience sun light


Two Equinox’s

There are actually 2 equinox as there are 2 solstice, hence why we have 4 seasons

Spring Equinox happens in March and the Autumn one in September every year in the Northern hemisphere

These equinox’s happen when the sun is exactly above the equator. It rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west

This makes the amount of day light and night time the same lengths in time. This lasts for 12 hours, as its equal part and we have 24 hours in a day


The Affect

The Autumn equinox is the indication of the last day of Summer and the start of Autumn. From this day onwards, the weather should start to cool off and the nights get longer

The harvest moon is a name given to a full moon which happens about the time of the Autumn equinox. It is said that it indicates the end of the harvest and with the brightness of the moon the farmers can harvest the last of the crops late into the night

It is also a great time to experience the Northern lights



  1. Rachel Craig
    September 28, 2020 / 12:52 am

    Interesting! What a Wonderful World! Yet, we all often so, so busy:- Appreciating our planet Earth, etc seems to not be given much, if any thinking time / thoughtful time.

  2. Mandy
    November 8, 2020 / 8:23 am

    I had heard the term but didn’t realise it was such a significant part of the seasons. Wow really great read x

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