This article was written on Tim Rath.
Summer officially ends at 4:44 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday. That's the moment when the autumnal equinox occurs in Royal Oak, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
"On the first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—day and night are each about 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days after the autumnal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west."Days and nights also have equal length in the spring equinox, too. On Friday, sunrise occurred at 7:16 a.m. in Royal Oak, with sunset expected at 7:36 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Throughout history, groups have celebrated the autumn equinox, partly because it represents harvest time. And don't worry, there is still time before the clocks "fall back" to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.