So here we are then. The Autumnal Equinox (in the Northern hemisphere) takes place this afternoon at 14.31 Irish Time (13.31 UT).
Though the term `equinox’ refers a situation in which day and night are of equal length which implies that it’s a day rather than a specific time, the equinox is more accurately defined by a specific event when the plane defined by Earth’s equator passes through the centre of the Sun’s disk (or, if you prefer, when the centre of the Sun passes through the plane defined by Earth’s equator). Day and night are not necessarily exactly equal on the equinox, but they’re the closest they get. From now on days in the Northern hemisphere will be shorter than nights and they’ll get shorter still until the Winter Solstice.
That translates to the Autumnal Equinox hitting at 09:31 EDT my time.
I miss the eponymous holiday in Japan. I would usually get outside and do something in nature. Festival planners would help me at least be near nature. For example, my iPhone reminded me that there was a Mexican Festival in Odaiba this time last year. The weather was ok, the food was good, and the beer was excellent.
I wonder what today will bring.
Happy Autumnal Equinox, y’all!