Community Event - Astronomy Department

Autumnal Equinox at the UMass Sunwheel

Stephen Schneider

Thursday, September 22, 2022: 6:30am
The UMass Amherst Sunwheel

The public is invited to join UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider among the standing stones of the campus Sunwheel to observe sunrise and sunset on Thursday, Sept. 22 — the autumnal equinox. These Sunwheel events mark the astronomical change of seasons when days and nights are nearly equal in length around the world. The gatherings will be held in person at 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The UMass Amherst Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity St.) about one-quarter mile south of University Drive. Visitors to the Sunwheel should be prepared for wet footing, and mosquito repellent is highly recommended. Heavy rain cancels the events, but the talks will be given if there are clouds or light rain.