Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Fall officially begins with the autumnal equinox, the date in September when hours of day and night are roughly equal. It arrives tonight at 11:09 PM, and for the first time in 19 years, it comes on the same night as a full moon, the one known as a Harvest Moon!

Of course, just because Fall is here doesn't mean that New England will have cool temperatures right away or that the leaves will suddenly change color! To find out more about why leaves change color, visit the Environmental Education Center for Kids.

And for good measure, if we have clear skies tonight, you will see an unusually bright star right near the moon. It's actually not a star at all; it's the planet Jupiter, at "opposition," coming closer to the earth than at any time since 1963!


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