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Newsletter Issue 88

Illustration showing Earth’s position in relation to the Sun at the equinoxes and solstices.

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.

Local Time and Date for the Equinox

Clocks Go Forward in New Zealand and Australia

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.

Illustration of shooting stars from the Draconid meteor shower.

Look up for Shooting Stars from Draco the Dragon

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.

When Can You See the Draconid Meteors in Your Location?

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