September 23, 2020
The autumnal equinox (aka September equinox) officially arrived in New Jersey today at 9:30 AM.
During the equinox, the Sun crosses the "celestial equator" (an imaginary extension of Earth's equator but in space) heading from north to south. Days will soon start getting shorter.
But for today, day and night are roughly equal in terms of length, which is why it's called an equinox. Equinox comes from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night).
After the extremely warm and record-breaking summer we all had, we think it’s safe to say that we're ready for autumn.
Here are a few things New Jerseyans should know for the upcoming season: