04 November, 2010
Autumn is here!
This is that time of year when the leaves turn red and gold, and there's a little chill in the air.
The scientific explanation of autumn is “the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward. This day is known as the Autumnal Equinox.”
One source explained that it's a common belief that the “earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer.” But actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.
What's the difference between fall and autumn?
Some think the difference depends on where you live in the world. For example, in the U.S., fall follows the summer season. In the U.K., autumn follows summer.
Others say that autumn is the start of a new season, when the weather cools down and leaves change color. Fall begins when the leaves have fallen to the ground and the cooler weather sets in.
The last source described autumn or fall as “one of the four seasons,” It signals the earlier arrival of night, and the change from summer into winter in September in the Northern Hemisphere, or in March in the Southern Hemisphere.
Whatever they call it, I enjoy the new season! I'm having fun picking apples, rolling around in the leaves, and a walk in the crisp air.