Autumn Equinox

We can usually tell when autumn is coming when the leaves start to change colour and the air outside starts to feel cool and crisp, but the official start of autumn is marked by an astronomical event known as the autumn equinox. An equinox occurs when the sun is positioned exactly over the equator, and this happens on two days of the year - one in September, and one in March. During an equinox, there is an equal amount of daylight and nighttime (12 hours of each).

The autumnal equinox occurs around September 22nd or 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere (the exact time varies due to world time zone differences). After the autumn equinox, the days become shorter and the nights become longer (in the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite takes place).

Learn a little more about the autumn equinox with some of our fun activities...

Autumn leaves in the sunlight
Leaves changing colour around the time of the Autumn Equinox

Our Autumn Equinox Resources

Autumn Equinox Colouring Page

Autumn Equinox Colouring Page

This simple colouring page is a great representation of the autumn equinox. You could use greens for the summer leaves then autumn colours for the falling leaves...

Autumn Equinox Poster

Autumn Equinox Poster

The change between the seasons that happens around the autumn equinox is illustrated on this simple but effective poster.

Autumn Equinox Story Paper

Autumn Equinox Story Paper

The autumnal equinox is the beginning of Autumn or fall. Use this story paper to record your research on the autumnal equinox or to describe what happens at this time of year, or use as a setting for an original story!

Autumn Equinox Word Search

Autumn Equinox Word Search

This word search puzzle is all about the Autumn Equinox. Can you find words such as equator, September, autumn and others in the grid?

 

Equinox Colouring Page

Equinox Colouring Page

Here's a simple equinox colouring page to print out for the children to colour in - perfect for a space topic. 

Equinox Story Paper

Equinox Story Paper

Use this equinox story paper to describe what an equinox is, or as inspiration for some creative story writing or poetry...

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