Today is the Autumnal Equinox and at lunchtime today the sun was directly over the equator – and for the next 6 months it will shine over the Northern Hemisphere for the majority of the time.
During summer the sun shines more over the Southern Hemisphere giving us summer and the Northern Hemisphere winter.
It also technically marks the ending of our summer and signifies we are at the half way mark towards winter with the shortest day exactly 12 weeks away today.
The next equinox will be in six months time – the Spring Equinox – indicating winter is over and the sun is spending the majority of its time shining over the Southern Hemisphere.
The shortest day of the year – when the earth starts to roll back – isn’t until June 22nd.
By the end of this week the nights will be longer than the days.
Homepage image / Debbie Zillwood