Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Equinox...

[Taken from Wikipedia]
-An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the Sun being vertically above a point on the Equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long. It may be better understood to mean that latitudes +L and -L north and south of the equator experience nights of equal length.
-An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location on the Earth's Equator where the centre of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20/21 and September 22/23 each year.

Today, most of the Country will have 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of moonlight. Except for me, and others who live in the South East. It's been dark here for nearly 168 hours. I saw the sun for a total of 30 seconds yesterday, before the clouds took over again. Alot of the towns and cities around here, have been flooded. Has anyone seen the pictures of Atlanta on television? It has rained like it's the end of Spring around here. It doesn't rain in September, and if it does...it's not for seven straight days! I have S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder); I need all the sunlight I can get. So when I hear that today is the second equinox of the year, and that after today, our days will begin to get shorter...you can imagine, I was pretty upset.

I haven't seen the sun in seven days, and now...it's going to start getting dark early from here until Spring? That's not cool.

"Yes, Psychiatrist, I'd like a large order of extra large and bright as you can get lamps please. Oh and could you tell the vitamin store that I would also like a large order of Vitamin D. K, thanks."

Happy Equinox everyone! Go buy some lamps and some hight watt light bulbs! You're gonna need 'em.