Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mongolia | Zaisan Tolgoi | Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox: Day and Night are Equal on the 23rd!
You are all probably busy making your plans for the celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which occurs here in Mongolia on Wednesday, the 23rd, at 5:20 am. Feel free to send an Autumn Equinox Card to friends and loved ones, assuming you have any.

I will retire to my own personal mountaintop near my hovel in Zaisan Tolgoi for suitable reflections on this auspicous moment. I will not be engaging in any heedless bacchanals, unlike some people I could name, but will instead engage in Orisons more in tune with the sobering times in which we live. As I always do on these occasions, I am once again imploring people not to engage in any animal or Human Sacrifices. If you live in New York City I want to emphasis that Union Square is not a suitable venue for this type of activity (if you are in Union Square, however, you might want to swing by the Strand Bookstore).

If you are still celebrating the Equinox on the evening of the 23th, as I suspect you will be, you will also have the opportunity to see the Waxing Moon slide by Scorpius as shown below. Don’t miss this opportunity! And note that on the 25th and 26th the Waxing Moon will be passing by the Sagittarius Teapot!

Graphic courtesy of Sky & Telescope