Fear and denial are certainly fundamental responses to loss and encroaching darkness. There's no sense in pretending otherwise. However, there is another…
Every fall around the equinox, Sinor-LaVallee Wines’ Mike Sinor fills a cow horn with manure — he usually uses the more colloquial term — and buries it in a corner of his vineyard in Avila Valley. The following spring, at the vernal equinox, he digs it up, stirs the aromatic filling in water precisely for an hour and sprays it on the vineyard.
Ssiruem is a Korean traditional sport mainly played during Chuseok. Pulling on the opponent's "satba" and throwing them to the ground so that their upper body touches the ground is the ultimate goal of this game. The winner is called "Cheonha Jangsa" and is rewarded with a bull and 1 kg of rice. (Courtesy Photo Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
The tomb on the Conor Pass on Kerry's Dingle Peninsula: As the sun sets directly into a 'V' shaped valley in the distant Brandon mountain range, a shaft of light enters the wedge tomb, illuminating the chamber and the rock art at the head of the tomb. The event can be witnessed at sunset for a number of days either side of the equinox.
Austin College Professor of Physics David Baker explains the science and history behind the autumnal equinox before a group of students and staff at the college's IDEA Center on Friday. The group gathered to watch as the sun's light passed through a specially-designed hole in the building to land on the north-south meridian. (Drew Smith / Herald Democrat)
Armed with a simple formula derived during the 3rd century BC, 30 students set about determining the angle of a shadow cast at noon by a 10cm stick. The experiment can be conducted on any day of the year, but mathematicians prefer doing it on one of the four days of the year when the position of the sun is exactly known. Eratosthenes conducted the experiment on a summer solstice, while the city students chose the autumnal equinox.