Equinox 2020: What is the Autumn Equinox?

THE Autumnal equinox is about to arrive as tree's leaves turn a rusty red colour. But what exactly is the Autumn equinox?

PUBLISHED: 16:19, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:19, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Falling leaves and temperatures can mean only one thing - autumn is on its way. The next season of the year is almost upon us, offering the promise of picture-perfect woodland hues and even a pumpkin or two.

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The astronomical calendar states this seasonal transition technically takes place on Tuesday, September 22.

However, under the meteorological definition, based on the Gregorian calendar, this season actually started on September 1.

Express.co.uk reveals everything you need to know about this new season, including how the equinox works to what you can expect to see in the coming months.

Equinox 2020: The Autumnal equinox is about to arrive as tree’s leaves turn a rusty red colourEquinox 2020: The Autumnal equinox is about to arrive as tree’s leaves turn a rusty red colour (Image: Getty)

Equinox 2020: Falling leaves and temperatures can mean only one thing - autumn is on its wayEquinox 2020: Falling leaves and temperatures can mean only one thing - autumn is on its way (Image: Getty)

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What is the Autumn Equinox?

September always coincides with the start of a new season known as the autumnal equinox.

This event finds the Sun crossing the equator, and those in the Northern Hemisphere will start seeing more darkness than daylight.

This marks the start of astronomical autumn, which is distinct from the meteorological autumn which began on September 1.

At this time, the Earth’s tilt shifts away from its maximum lean toward the Sun, meaning the star’s rays are instead aiming directly at the equator.

Equinox 2020: The next season of the year is almost upon usEquinox 2020: The next season of the year is almost upon us (Image: Getty)

The Farmers' Almanac said: “The autumnal equinox marks the turning point when

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