“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autumnal Equinox

So you people proved that you are well-read in the classics, with three of you successfully identifying an obscure Macbeth reference in one of Monday's posts. Now let's test your scientific acumen.

Today marks the autumnal equinox for 2010. Without Googling it or otherwise cheating, what is the significance of this point? What does it mean? If you are a dumb-hippie pagan, it's time to celebrate the Chakraladytree's bountiful harvest and grace or some such crap. That's not what I mean.


Bill said...

The position in the Earth's orbit around the sun where a point on the equator is directly below the noon sun and the poles point at 90 degrees to the sun. The length of the day is 12 hours and the length of the night is 12 hours at all points on Earth. Change is in the direction of the noon sun moving toward the south of the equator.

ed said...

Right you are Bill. See, I knew TRR readers were smart.