Sunrise Dinner

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Hard to believe that it was already time for the sunrise dinner. The weather wasn’t cooperating but we had a great evening anyway.

JT III contemplating, or just staring off into space


Let There Be Light

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

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 :-).

The window covers have come off with a vengeance


Yukimarimos Are Back

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

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.

Yukimarimos near Skylab

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Here Comes the Sun

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

The weather hasn’t been all that great around sunrise. Today it cleared for a few hours, just as I was walking back to the Station. Enough time to take a few shots.

The most popular local camp site. What could be better than a night right next to the Geographic Pole? Two Cats drag a heavy chain across the skiway to smooth out any sastrugi that have built up over the winter. This is just the first step in a lengthy preparation process. The crane catches the first rays of light after a long, dark winter.
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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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.

Panoramic view of Spoolhenge Spoolhenge Spoolhenge Closeup
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Some people insists, that these are just a bunch of spools, waiting to be sent back to McMurdo.

Here Comes the Sun

Sunday, September 23rd, 2001

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.

Sunrise: Light at Last
The sun rising behind the AST/RO building. MAPO at “dawn”. MAPO still has some frosting on it.
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