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The Autumnal Equinox Arrives Friday, Got Your Eggs Ready?

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Ben Braun

Where did the summer of 2017 go? It is hard to believe that it will officially end this Friday (9-22) at 3:02 p.m. CDT when the Autumnal Equinox arrives. Basically, there are only two days when the sun crosses the Equator. One is the Vernal Equinox, or first day of spring. The other is the Autumnal Equinox marking the first day of autumn.

The word “equinox” is a Latin word meaning “equal night”. So basically, there will be equal amounts of time for darkness of night and light of day on those two days. So fall will begin in the Northern Hemisphere and spring will start in the Southern Hemisphere at 3:02 p.m. central time Friday afternoon.

There is also the folklore legend that says you can balance an egg on its end because the Earth’s gravitational pull is supposedly balanced equally during an equinox time period. I have never been able to do that in the few attempts I have tried over the years.

If you are so inclined, to try it.  Grab an egg and try it yourself just for fun. Let me know if it works. Here’s what happened when we tried it last year…

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