The September equinox happened this morning. Axis and orbit conspired to set things just right. If only for a little while.
You probably already knew this if you happen to have an ancient stone observatory in your backyard. Like folks do.
Enjoy this equality of day and night while it lasts. The night will take over soon.
It might be a stark view, but winter is certainly coming.
Fomalhaut, the Solitary One, beams in the Southern sky during autumn. It’s called the loneliest star, but it is home to the first exoplanet visible to the naked eye in photographs (announced in 2008)…maybe. Maybe Fomalhaut b (groovy name, huh?) is just a gravitationally-bound collection of rubble. Bring up the question at the next Astronomer’s Ice Cream Social you attend and watch the sprinkles fly.
There’s nothing wrong with being a gravitationally-bound collection of rubble aspiring to be all it can be. Let Fomalhaut b be!
The Equinox should be celebrated primarily for being the name of the spectacular horror film Equinox. If you don’t know it, you are missing out on one of cinema’s finest bits of crazy. Allegedly one of the inspirations for The Evil Dead. We are lucky to behold such wonders.
There are times when stop-motion effects and a bizarre story combine perfectly. Equinox is something like that. Fritz Lieber shows up briefly. A dashing, young Frank Bonner (known to us all as WKRP’s own Herb Tarlek) makes a sharp sidekick for our hero.
The oldest looking teenagers you’ve ever seen have a picnic by a creepy looking castle, which certainly must have its very own ancient stone observatory.
They toss fried chicken around and read an ancient book of magical stuff, kindly given to them by some old coot in a cave.
As you can imagine, things get weird. Some fellow called Asmodeus wants his damn book back and he’s got a fancy looking magic ring shaped like a frog-squirrel and an army of freaky monsters to help him.
If he tries to kiss you, run. Or throw rocks. Maybe you can find a long stick. What can I say, magical defenses are weird.
Aleister Crowley, Abdul Alhazred, Morgain le Fay, and Smaug had a four-way. Asmodeus was the product of that unholy liaison.
In the words of our hero, “That’s a whole lifetime of nightmares.”