Posts Tagged ‘equinox’

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What am I noting today?

September 22, 2016

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Today is the autumnal equinox in my neck of the woods.

This little gif is on Google’s search page today.

However, if you are in New Zealand – happy spring!

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Why am I saying goodnight?

March 21, 2016

last sunset

“For researchers at NOAA’s South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, Sunday March 20 marks the start of the austral autumn, the last time they see the sun for six months.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox promises warmer days.

In the observatory, that is part of the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in winter, it’s so cold aircraft can’t fly and scientists are marooned until late October.

“It’s the coldest, driest, flattest place you can imagine,” said NOAA Corps LT Jesse Milton.”

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What am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

September 23, 2014

equinoxesInfographic from Live Science

 

According to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time – or sort of Greenwich Mean Time – also Zulu Time), summer ended and autumn began at 2:29.  That would make it 22:29 EDT on Monday, September 22, where I reside. (Why UTC and not UCT or CUT?)

Approximating Earth’s orbit around the sun to be an ellipse with semimajor axis of 1 au and eccentricity of 0.0167, the distance Earth travels in one year is 940 million kilometers (584 million miles).  The average speed of the Earth around the sun is 18.5 miles/second. – ref: Wikipedia

And the tattoo:

autumn leaf tattoo