Today is the Autumnal Equinox which signals the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere. On this day there will be an equal amount of light and darkness, and after this day the nights grow longer and we head towards Winter. As the new season begins, Earth’s axis will be tilted neither away from nor towards the sun, allowing the sun’s direct rays to shine overhead at the equator before moving into the Southern Hemisphere.
With the exception of the poles, all locations on Earth experience slightly over 12 hours of daylight and see the sun rise due east and set due west along the horizon. Until the December solstice, the sun continues to rise and set increasingly to our southeast and southwest, respectively.