Fall is fast approaching. The 2016 autumnal equinox occurs on Sept. 22 at 10:21 a.m. EDT, when the sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator and moving south. At this time for us the sunrise is due east and sunset is due west.
Daylight is waning rapidly every day. In late September the sun rises nearly one minute later every day, and the sun sets about one-and-a-half minutes earlier every day. For East Tennessee sunrise will be at 7:24 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:32 p.m. The actual “equinox” or equal periods of day and night does not occur in this area until Sept. 26.