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Autumnal Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)

September 22, 2020

The word "equinox" stems from two latin words, aequus (meaning "equal") and nox (meaning "night"). It is when the length of the day is exactly equal to the length of the night. In an astronomical context, it's when the exact middle of the Sun is directly over the Equator around the Earth. It's halfway between the solstices, when the Sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky.

 

Mars at Opposition

October 13, 2020

Closest Approach October 6, 2020

Once every 2.1 years, the Earth ends up sandwiched between the Sun and Mars! At that point, Mars is at its closest to Earth, and makes for great viewing. Read more here!

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