Fall equinox arrives, summer stays

Earth on the fall equinox courtesy NASA Earth Observatory

Earth on the fall equinox courtesy NASA Earth Observatory

Today - Sept. 22 - marks the autumnal equinox.

Also called the September equinox, the Autumnal equinox marks the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the first official day of autumn where daytime and nighttime are approximately the same lengths.

Thereafter, Philippine nights will be longer as the sun moves below the celestial equator towards the southern hemisphere, PAGASA said.

Daylight and darkness will be nearly of equal length on Saturday, which is one of only two occasions in every year. You can see the reasons why here.

As you've no doubt noticed with a sense of glum resignation, the nights are drawing in and those sun-dappled summer mornings have given way to frost and mizzle.

However, today is only the first day of the astronomical fall. Along with shorter days and cooler temperatures, the equinox also means Americans will soon be changing their clocks. There are two equinoxes every year - in September and March - when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost the same. Daylight Saving time is set to end at 2 a.m. on November 5, when (almost) all of the US will move their clocks back an hour.

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