Autumnal Equinox – Fall Equinox
Equinoxes are opposite on either side of the equator, so the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
Not Entirely Equal Day & Night
On the two equinoxes every year the Sun shines directly on the Equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not exactly.
The September equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south and vice versa in March.
Southern Hemisphere Autumnal Equinox
(Australia, New Zealand, South America, southern Africa)
March Equinox in Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA is on
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 AM EDT (Change city)
March Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time is on
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:29 UTC
Northern Hemisphere Autumnal Equinox
(USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)
September Equinox in Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA is on
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:21 AM EDT (Change city)
September Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time is on
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
First Day of Fall?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall equinox marks the first day of fall (autumn) in what we call astronomical seasons. There's also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.
In This Article
- Not Entirely Equal Day & Night
- Southern Hemisphere Autumnal Equinox
- Northern Hemisphere Autumnal Equinox
- First Day of Fall?
Winter & Summer Solstices
- What is the June Solstice?
- Facts about June Solstice
- What is the December Solstice?
- Facts about December Solstice
- When is the Summer Solstice?
- When is the Winter Solstice?
- June Solstice Celebrations
- December Solstice Celebrations
- What Causes Seasons?