~~September 23, 2014~~
First day of Autumn: Google Doodle celebrates 2014 Autumn equinox
The animation shows a black and white cartoon figure hop past five grey trees, transforming the leaves into rich autumnal colors.
With the character’s final leap, the leaves fall from the trees – revealing the word ‘Google’ in gnarled branches. A large red leaf then floats down and lands on the smiling character’s head.
This year, the autumn equinox falls in the northern hemisphere on 23 September – the date where day and night are of equal lengths.
The Latin term equinox, or ‘equal night’, is derived from this phenomenon.
The equinox occurs because the Earth’s axis tilts neither away nor towards the Sun.
Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere, the September equinox marks the beginning of spring. Therefore, at the South Pole residents will be celebrating the first appearance of the sun in six months…
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