Summer is almost over. It officially ends at 10:49 a.m. Saturday. That's the moment when the Autumnal Equinox occurs in the Eastern United States, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
On the first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—day and night are each about 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days after the autumnal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.
Days and nights also have equal length in the spring equinox, too. On Saturday, sunrise occurs at 7:25 a.m. in Atlanta, with sunset at 7:33 p.m.
Throughout history, groups have celebrated the autumn equinox, partly because it represents harvest time.
Nearby, Kashi Atlanta is celebrating the occasion with Fall Equinox Yoga & Mediation on Sept. 23 from 1:30-4 p.m. Cost is $30.
Do you know of other events to mark the start of fall? Add them in the comments area below!