At both equinoxes, the Sun rises due east and sets due west, no matter where in the world you are. Since Friday is the Autumn Equinox, head outside to mark this primary direction on your local, personal horizon. If you are an early riser, check out the sunrise, which occurs due east if you observe right on the equinox. For most of us, viewing the sunset is easier to manage, but the principal is the same: The Sun will set due west no matter your geographical location. Stroll outside for one or both of these events on Friday, and make a note of these 2 primary directions on your personal viewing space. Sunrise Sunset. This is how you bring sky and earth together!