The autumnal equinox has arrived

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The equinox officially began on September 22 and marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere. (AccuWeather)

Say goodbye to summer because the autumnal equinox arrived on September 22, marking the beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere.

"Equinox is latin for 'equal night,'" according to AccuWeather. "What happens during this time is that the sun is directly above the earth's equator, creating an almost equal night and day."

It is only during the equinox that the axis of the earth is not tilted towards or away from the sun. Only when the axis tilts after the equinox do we see shorter or longer days, and shorter or longer nights.

Here is a calendar of full moon dates, names and times for 2016 and 2017 (source: Farmer's Almanac):

Full Moon Calendar 2016

October 16 - Full Hunter's Moon, 12:23 am
November 14 - Full Beaver Moon, 8:52 am
December 13 - Full Cold Moon, 7:06 pm

Full Moon Calendar 2017

January 12: Full Wolf Moon, 6:34 am
February 10: Full Snow Moon, 7:33 pm
March 12: Full Worm Moon, 10:54 am
April 11: Full Pink Moon, 2:08 am
May 10: Full Flower Moon, 5:42 pm
June 9: Full Strawberry Moon, 9:10 am

July 9: Full Buck Moon, 12:07 am
August 7: Full Sturgeon Moon, 2:11 pm
September 6: Full Corn Moon, 3:03 am
October 5: Full Harvest Moon, 2:40 pm
November 4: Full Beaver Moon, 1:23 am
December 3: Full Cold Moon, 10:47 am
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