Astronomical Twilight

The sun has peeped over the horizon at McMurdo, and the first flight has arrived there, bringing with it new people with new germs, and hopefully some vegetables to make up for it.

Our friends at South Pole are still patiently waiting, but the first glow of astronomical twilight can be seen, the first solar light in the sky since the sun went down in March. Here are some photos they’ve taken over the past few months.

Aurora in twilight. Photo by Jens Dreyer from http://hunnenhorst.wordpress.com/

Aurora and the Milky Way. Photo by Freija Descamps from http://coldlife.blog.foreach.com/

Station and a bright aurora. Photo by Jens Dreyer from http://hunnenhorst.wordpress.com/

ARO and aurora. Photo by Christy Schultz from http://www.wx-geek.blogspot.com/

Endless snow in the moonlight. Photo by Freija Descamps from http://coldlife.blog.foreach.com/

And those lovely auroras from a completely different perspective: “This panoramic shot of the aurora australis shows space shuttle Atlantis, the boom sensor system attached to the shuttle’s robotic arm, and a portion of the ISS solar panels. Credit: NASA/STS-135 crew.” This photo and caption are from http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/news/auroras-australia-20110714.html

A few photos that aren’t of the sky:

A post by Marco Tortonese on extreme cold weather skiing and what you have to wear to excercise when it’s -100 F ambient temperature. You can see the whole entry at http://marcopolie.blogspot.com/2011/07/extreme-cold-weather-skiing.html

And last, a wee sweet strawberry in the middle of a very vegetable-less winter, grown in our hydroponic greenhouse:

Photo by Jens Dreyer from http://hunnenhorst.wordpress.com/

Sometimes small, simple things are the most beautiful.

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