The autumn equinox has occurred, yesterday at 3:44 PM to be precise. Day and night are now approximately equal in length while we in the northern hemisphere prepare for longer nights and cool temperatures. It seems hopeful that spring begins for the southern portion of our earth while we start to hunker down.
Hotter and heavier than our sun, the autumn star is the 18th brightest star in the sky and becomes most visible to us in the northern hemisphere at this time. It is most famous for it’s extrasolar planet Formalhaut b, the first extrasolar planet seen beyond our solar system. Find a fascinating wealth of information about this star of wonder here.
Unlike Formalhaut, my autumn star is easy to spot all year long. Not nearly as impressive, I still hope it can cast a warm glow on a chilly fall evening. :)