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The autumnal equinox, which marks the astronomical start of fall, arrives Friday at 4:02 p.m.
But this year, the September full moon appeared on the 6th, separating it from the fall equinox by 16 days.
Highs should peak in the mid-to-upper 80s about the time of the fall equinox: 4:02 pm.
Dunkin’ Donuts Autumnal equinox means everything pumpkin for the doughnut giant.
The orange-tinted celestial display (which gets its name from being the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox on September 22) will be visible just after the sun sets on October 5, Business Insider reports.
Friday is the first day of fall, and after a long, hot summer people are ready to celebrate the 2017 autumn equinox with a weekend full of fun.
Fall is finally here and there’s no better way to celebrate the start of the autumnal equinox than with a trip to your local pumpkin patch.
The freshwater slug swept away any threat of high-salinity waters pushing into the marshes with the extremely high tides tied to the autumnal equinox.
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equinox and the Seasons
Equinox descends from aequus, the Latin word for "equal," and nox, the Latin word for "night"—a fitting history for a word that describes days of the year when the daytime and nighttime are equal in length. In the northern hemisphere, the vernal equinox marks the first day of spring and occurs when the sun moves north across the equator. (Vernal comes from the Latin word ver, meaning "spring.") The autumnal equinox marks the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere and occurs when the sun crosses the equator going south. In contrast, a solstice is either of the two moments in the year when the sun's apparent path is farthest north or south from the equator.
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