Today is the Fall Equinox!
No, not the Chevy SUV. It’s actually the general term for the first day of fall. While it doesn’t mean that the leaves are gonna turn red overnight, here’s some facts and weird things about the first day of fall, and what it means from here forward.
Daylight and Nighttime Are Completely Equal Today
Today is one of two times each year where day and night are evenly split into 12 hours. The term “equinox” derives from the Latin term for “equal night.” Today signifies the day where the sun crosses the imaginary line over Earth’s equator.
Leaves Change Colour
As the chlorophyll inside leaves begin to break down, they lose their green colour. Other chemical changes make new colours such as red or orange appear. When leaves actually do change colour varies by where you live. In our region leaves are expected to reach their peak colour change at the beginning of October. There’s even an interactive map that keeps track of fall colour changes in Ontario, which you can access by clicking here.
Shorter Days From Here On Out
Over the coming weeks, days will continue to get shorter and shorter, sunset will become earlier and earlier. Right now the sun sets at approximately 7PM. By December 22nd, the sun will set around 4:30-5PM. Each day we’ll be losing about 2 minutes of daylight per day. Daylight Savings Time doesn’t end until November 6th.
You Can Perfectly Balance An Egg?
There’s an urban legend that this is the only week a year you can perfectly balance an egg, as it’s believed to have something to do with the way Earth’s axis is tilted this week. This is not true. You can balance any egg if it’s shaped and proportioned correctly.