Photo of snowy Sussex woodland trail Photo of snowy Sussex woodland trail

Equinox – lovely word.

At 15.44 (GMT) this afternoon the sun crosses the celestial equator. It is the autumnal equinox. What on earth has that got to do with the price of toast, I hear you ask. Well amongst other things it means that today is one of only two days this year that the sun rises and sets due east and west.

Equinox, mmm, equinox, lovely word. Did you know that it comes from the Latin words for ‘equal’ and ‘night’, because on the equinoxes everywhere in the world experiences the same amount of day and night-time?

Equinox diagram