By Hasco Craver
Today is the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall, one of the two days each year that sees the sun rising directly in the east and setting directly in the west.
Although it seems logical that equinox would refer to day and night being equal on these two days of the year, this is not the case. In the northern hemisphere, daylight hours will still be longer than nighttime hours by seven to ten minutes. A couple days after the equinox, day and night are finally equal. This pattern occurs in perpetuity and has mankind to measure time, growing seasons and production schedules.