‘Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West (1889).
Today is the autumn equinox, the day of the year when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets due west, and the same happens at the spring equinox in March. The equinoxes are also the only days when someone standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead. But the equinox is probably best known as the day with equal hours of daylight and night — except that isn’t true. There is actually slightly more than 12 hours of daylight today; the day with equal hours of day and night is called the equilux and comes slightly later,