5 Reasons Why Fall Is Fantastic
5 Reasons Fall is Fantastic



Temperatures may cool down during the fall season, but the fun is just heating up. Find out why autumn is excellent.

1. Tree Treats


Photograph by George Bailey, Dreamstime


In autumn fewer hours of sunlight and colder temperatures trigger a chemical change in tree leaves. That’s why they can turn different colors such as red, orange, yellow, and brown. In some areas leaves become so bright they’re visible from outer space.



2. Pump(kin) Up the Fun


Photograph by Joao Virissimo, Dreamstime


Farmers plant over a billion pounds of the fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) in early July to get a crop in the fall. Good thing—Americans spend millions of dollars every autumn on pumpkins.



3. Fired Up


Photograph courtesy NASA


The Taurid meteor shower occurs every year in mid-autumn. Meteor showers are mostly made up of tiny dust particles, but this meteor shower also contains a large amount of pebble-size debris. When this debris enters Earth’s atmosphere, it burns up and creates spectacular fireballs.


4. Bird-Brained


Photograph by Rck953, Dreamstime


Some birds really show off their smarts in autumn. During this season certain species store seeds and other food in tree hollows for colder months. To help them remember where they stashed the grub, these birds’ brains actually grow larger!



5. Having a Ball in Fall


Photograph by Nicholashan, Dreamstime


Fall officially begins on the autumnal equinox (around September 23)—when Earth is positioned in such a way that the sun shines directly on the Equator. In Lithuania, people burn wooden sculptures to celebrate. In Japan, pictured above, the event is a national holiday in which kids get a vacation day.




Text by Andrea Silen, NGS Staff

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