Hard to believe that it was already time for the sunrise dinner. The weather wasn’t cooperating but we had a great evening anyway.
The previous weekend the last of the light sensitive equipment was shut down and the window covers came off. I guess some people were more anxious than other to see them come off. I was running on the treadmill when someone walked into the gym and ripped them off with a vengeance :-).
After a few days of stormy weather it has cleared up and and it is stunningly beautiful outside. I went for stroll around the Station and I found a huge collection of yukimarimos, my old favorites, near Skylab.
[tags]Antarctica, South Pole, sunrise, yukimarimo[/tags]
Yesterday I took a walk out to Spoolhenge. It is one of the few local attractions.
The main axis of Spoolhenge is aligned northeast-southwest, and while early research assumed this was an inaccurate alignment on summer solstice horizon sunrise, a far more credible interpretation is that standing on the right hand side of the Heel Spool and looking between the upright pillars of the grand trilithon the monument offers an accurate alignment on the winter solstice sunset. In short, this is how we accurately determine the seasons down here. So I went out to check, and sure enough, the sun is about to set and it will get dark soon.
Some people insists, that these are just a bunch of spools, waiting to be sent back to McMurdo.
September 22. Spring is here, the sun is back. As expected the weather was bad when the sun came up.
I took some pictures at the dark sector on September 19 and 20. Although it appears as if the sun is already above the horizon it is not. What you see is an image of the sun caused by refraction.