Wednesday, September 23 at 6:32 am
The geese of summer are ready to fly,
Together we breathe a heavy sigh:
Goodbye summer! goodbye! goodbye!
Say, "Hello" to fall on Wednesday, September 23 at sunrise. Catch the glorious sight of the sun rising at 6:32 am between the perfectly positioned twin columns of the Sun Circle. You'll be joining Gong Master Don Orne, sculptor and architect Bruce Greenwald, astronomer Jim Keating. The equinox is particularly striking - the temperature is warm and the hour not too early so come! Don will lead the inspiring ceremony at our local landmark at the Beach Bluff Park on Atlantic Avenue in Swampscott right on the Marblehead border.
Nature-lovers and beach walkers, neighbors and friends, will all gather at the Sun Circle to see the sun rising right inside the curve formed by the twin equinox stones - two of 10 standing stones formed of naturally-occurring columnar basalt. Although the Sun Circle is self-explanatory, Bruce Greenwald, the sculptor, will demonstrate the way it works and give a brief description of the project.
The Fall Equinox actually occurs at 4:21 a.m. that day, the moment that the sun rises in the east and day and night are of equal length. Astronomy teacher Jim Keating will provide an engaging scientific explanation of why this is so and will answer questions about the moment when sun rises in the east only twice a year.
It is significant that this year the Equinox falls on the solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a fast day, a day of thought and resolve for the new year, the year to come, that it be a year of commitment to righteousness and justice, peace and a better world.
(If it is raining, the ceremony will be held on Thursday morning.)
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