Happy first day of autumn. Or fall, depending on what you call this season that starts Thursday.
In Kansas, the autumn equinox arrives at 9:21 a.m. Thursday, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
According to National Geographic, the word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year. During the equinox, the sun appears positioned right above Earth’s equator. When that happens, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experience roughly equal amounts of sunshine.
Luckily, the Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff is this Saturday with chili sampling for $5 per person.