Autumnal Equinox At the Sunwheel: Sunrise and Sunset Gatherings

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 

Join UMass Amherst Astronomers on Tuesday, September 22nd 6:30am or 6:15pm for a virtual gathering. To join the webinar broadcast, click here. Please give yourself a few minutes to install Zoom ahead of time. The Autumnal Equinox this year is 9:30 a.m, marking the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south as seen from Earth: the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider will discuss via a web broadcast the astronomical cause of the sun's changing position during the live presentation. He will also explain the design and history of the Sunwheel, and how it marks the changing positions of the sun and moon. More info: https://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/pages/gatherfall.html

Autumnal Equinox Sunwheel. Vertical stones stand in a circle in a large field bordered by trees in early fall. There is a road along the side.