Newsletter Issue 88
The September Equinox Kicks off a New Season
On any other day of the year, either the Southern or the Northern Hemisphere tilts a little toward the Sun. But on the equinox on September 22/23, the tilt of Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays.
“Equinox” is derived from Latin and means “equal night.” However, it isn’t entirely accurate. In reality, equinoxes don’t have exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts in New Zealand on September 29, 2019. In many parts of Australia, the clocks are set forward on October 6, 2019.
The Draconid meteor shower, also known as the Giacobinids, graces the night sky every October and is named after the constellation Draco the Dragon.
The Draconids are active from October 6 to 10 and peak around October 8–9. Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to find the best time and place to spot these shooting stars where you are.