Autumn is ahead of us in the north.
Depending on where you live, it probably still feels like summer (or winter), but change is just around the corner. And that turning point is Wednesday at 12:21 p.m. PT, when the fall and spring equinoxes arrive.
The word “equinox” comes from the Latin for “equal” and “night”. In essence, it’s the semi-annual event when the sun is directly over the equator.
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For those who live north of the Earth’s belly line, the Fall Equinox heralds the coming of shorter and shorter days and much cooler weather due to the 23.5-degree inclination of the Earth’s axis of rotation with respect to its orbit around the Sun. Those living south of the equator can expect just the opposite with the vernal equinox – longer days and warmer weather.
Google is celebrating the occasion with two animated doodles that show a happy little hedgehog delivering a bouquet of flowers that reflects the personality of each season. For those in the north, you have the fall foliage made up of yellow and orange leaves, while in the south, the Headgehog’s delivery shows off the bright colors of the flowers in bloom.
And the southern hemisphere welcomes spring.
If you don’t like this situation too much, remember that you can expect things to go in the opposite direction again in six months.