Autumn equinox this week
(WHSV) - Well that was fast! We are now in the second half of September and the official start to fall is this week!
On Thursday, we will have the autumn equinox. The Autumn Equinox is when the tilting of Earth allows for sunlight to be evenly distributed around the Earth. This means that everywhere on Earth will experience the same amount of daylight. It will officially be the season of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. People in the Southern Hemisphere will see more daylight than those in the Northern Hemisphere until the spring equinox which will be March 20th, 2023.
Meteorologists use the beginning of September to initiate the season of fall. Meteorological fall began on September 1st. The autumn equinox begins astronomical fall.
We are continuing to lose daylight. This week we will chop off another 17 minutes of daylight. By September 26th, we will be down to 12 hours of daylight and up to 12 hours of nighttime. After this date, we will have less daylight versus nighttime. The next time we will have more daylight versus nighttime will be March 17th, 2023. Sunrise will move from 7:00 am to 7:06 am. Sunsets will move from 7:17 pm to 7:06 pm.
Daily Sunrise/Sunset Times this week:
|Sep 19||7:00 am||7:17 pm||12 hrs, 17 mins|
|Sep 20||7:01 am||7:15 pm||12 hrs, 14 mins|
|Sep 21||7:02 am||7:13 pm||12 hrs, 11 mins|
|Sep 22||7:03 am||7:12 pm||12 hrs, 9 mins|
|Sep 23||7:04 am||7:10 pm||12 hrs, 6 mins|
|Sep 24||7:05 am||7:09 pm||12 hrs, 4 mins|
|Sep 25||7:05 am||7:07 pm||12 hrs, 2 mins|
ISS VIEWING (MOST VIEWABLE)
|Monday Sep 19, 8:47 pm||4 min||15°||10° above WNW||22° above NNE|
|Tuesday Sep 20, 7:57 pm||5 min||20°||10° above WNW||10° above NNE|
NEXT MOON PHASES
|Moon Phases||Date and Time|
|New Moon||September 25th, 5:54 pm|
|First Quarter Moon||October 2nd, 8:14 pm|
|Full Moon||October 9th, 4:54 pm|
|Third Quarter Moon||October 17th, 1:15 pm|
CURRENT PLANET VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES
Venus: No good view this week. Rises just before sunrise in the east and just before sunset in the west. Located very close to the sun up in the sky.
Mars: Currently rising between 10 and 11 pm in the east-northeastern sky, best visibility an hour or two before sunrise
Jupiter: Rising just after sunset in the east-southeastern sky and visible majority of the night, in the west-southwestern sky before daybreak
Saturn: Currently rising before sunset in the east-southeastern sky and setting by 3 am
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