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  Weekly Feature (September 19, 2004)

Fall Equinox


It has already started to get cool and rainy, but summer is not officially over yet. The first official day of this Fall or Autumn will begin on September 22nd.

Fall equinox is when the days and nights are the same. Leaving us are the long days of summer. After the fall equinox, the nights will begin to get longer and the days shorter. The weather will become cooler. All of this can be explained by understanding the position of the planet and its orbit around the sun.

Here are some great websites to explore that can explain the fall equinox and the changing seasons from summer to fall to winter.

The Autumnal Equinox
This site provides some great information on the equinox.

Fall Science Challenge Quiz (Adobe PDF file)
This PDF File gives teachers a quiz on the fall season.

The Seasons and the Axis Tilt
This is a great educational site. It will give information on the planets as well as some quizzes. This site can be shared with children too.

Sun During the Spring and Fall Equinox
This site provides information at a higher English level and gives great information about earth science.


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