Autumnal Equinox Lesson for Kids: Definition & Explanation


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The astronomical event that indicates the start of the fall season is known as the _____.

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1. The autumnal equinox influences the _____, or display of lights in areas located in northern latitudes.

2. Which of the following imaginary lines must be matched up with the equator in order to have an equinox?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The autumnal equinox marks a change in seasons. You'll be tested on key subjects like an event at the start of fall and the lights that can be seen from northern latitudes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make sure you know about these topics:

  • An imaginary line that matches up with the equator for an equinox
  • Daylight and darkness in the Northern hemisphere
  • The way ancient civilizations predicted equinoxes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the autumnal equinox, like how it affects daylight and darkness in the Northern hemisphere
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about how ancient civilizations made their own predictions about equinoxes
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about the event in astronomy at the beginning of fall and the special lights that can be seen in northern latitudes

Additional Learning

Studying the stars helps astronomers understand the changes of the seasons on Earth. To learn more, you can read or watch the lesson named Autumnal Equinox Lesson for Kids: Definition & Explanation. The following topics will be covered:

  • What 'equinox' means in Latin
  • Tilt of the Earth's axis during winter and summer
  • Differences between seasons of the Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • Facts about equinoxes around the world