What does the #AutumnEquinox actually mean?

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In every year, there are four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Throughout the year, there are one or two days when the length of the night and day are roughly the same, this is known as the Autumn and Spring equinox. They take place in September and March but the dates change according to the progression of the Sun. But what does the Autumn Equinox mean for you?

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What is the Autumn Equinox?

Equinox means “equal night” and  it occurs when most places on earth see approximately 12 hours of daylight and darkness.

The Autumn Equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southwards.

It typically occurs between September 21 and 24.

Autumn Equinox meaning: Autumnal sceneAutumn Equinox meaning: What does the Autumn Equinox mean for you? (Image: GETTY)

This year, the Autumn Equinox will take place on Monday, September 23.

In the UK, the equinox will peak at exactly 8.50am BST (7.50am UTC).

Next year, the equinox will arrive on Tuesday, September 22, followed by Wednesday, September 22, in 2021.

At the equinox, the Sun as viewed from the Equator rises due east and sets due west. 

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Autumn Equinox meaning: Autumn sunAutumn Equinox meaning: This year, the Autumn Equinox will take place on Monday, September 23 (Image: GETTY)

Before the Autumn equinox, the Sun rises and sets more northerly, and afterwards, it rises and sets more southerly.

It may be taken to mark the end of summer

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