Fall Equinox
Sep 22 @ 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

The Fall Equinox begins at 1:20pm

The Fall Equinox is also called the Autumnal Equinox.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the 1st day of fall; in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the 1st day of spring  The Equinox is the day when the sun crosses the equator which in theory makes 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.  What is cool about the day is that the sun should rise exactly in the east and set in exactly in the west.

The equinox happens at the exact moment across the planet.  The time represented here reflects our Mountain Daylight Time.

December Full Moon
Dec 18 @ 6:28 pm – 7:28 pm

December’s full moon begins at 9:37pm MST (Denver) on the 18th.

It is also called the Cold Moon, Oak Moon, Moon before Yule, Long Night Moon

The Yule reference is to the Pagan holiday Yule which coincides with Winter Solstice

The Long Night Moon coincides with Solstice which is the shortest day of the year in this hemisphere, and the longest night.

Winter Solstice
Dec 21 @ 8:45 am – 9:00 am

Winter Solstice will begin at 8:58 am MST on December 21.

It is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest day of the year in the Southern.

It occurs when the sun’s zenith is at its farthest point south from the Equator, over the Tropic of Capricorn and the North Pole tilts away from the sun.

In Earth-based religions (Pagan Religions), Winter Solstice is the beginning of the Yule holiday. Yule is considered the turning point. It is when the days start getting longer and thoughts turn to sunshine and renewing life.


It is also called the Longest Night.  Longest Night is recognized by many homeless advocacy groups.  Check your local calendars for their evening events.