This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall Equinox

Today was the fall equinox.

There are some other interesting astronomical tidbits this week. We are just past Jupiter opposition--Jupiter was closer to earth
Monday night than it has been since 1963.

The moon is also full today: "Usually the Harvest Moon can be seen in the sky before the beginning of autumn, but this year the moon reaches its peak point of illumination just six hours before the equinox." The full moon and the opposition of Jupiter means that they will be very close together tonight in the sky.

The fall full moon also kicks off an important Chinese holiday, the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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