Midsummer in Antarctica
21st December 2017
The fight is on for a room without a view at Australia’s Antarctic stations as the midsummer sun bathes most of the continent in 24 hour sunlight.
During today’s summer solstice, or midsummer, the sun is at its highest point in the Southern Hemisphere sky.
At this time in the Earth’s orbit, the tilt of the South Pole towards the sun is at its maximum.
As a result, for several weeks between December and January, expeditioners at Casey, Davis and Mawson research stations will not experience a sunrise or sunset.
It’s the only time of year that station accommodation buildings with windowless bedrooms are in high demand!