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First Day of Fall 2010

First day of Fall 2010

Autumnal Equinox 2010

It’s a beautiful Fall day here in Brooklyn except for one thing…it isn’t yet Fall.

Fall is clearly in the air, but nobody seems to know when it officially begins. Lucky for you, I’ve done some research on the subject. Here is what I discovered:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22nd marks the first day of Fall 2010. It is also known as the Autumnal Equinox because the sun is directly above the Earth’s equator. That means there is an exactly equal time period for day and night (well, it’s more complicated than that, but I’m a liberal arts graduate).

It also means that depending on where you live in the country, leaves will start changing colors and your kids will start getting excited about Halloween. You may also experience an inexplicable desire to go apple picking or to wear a cardigan.

You’ll also notice that the days will begin to get shorter and it will get dark earlier. But don’t be fooled. You don’t change the clocks (fall forward) until November 7.

Are you planning anything special to mark the Autumnal Equinox?

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photo: flickr/dibytes

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