103 Days of Darkness

Life on an Antarctic research station when the sun's gone down for the winter...and then come back up again

SUN SUN SUN!

With the darkness of winter behind us and the 24 hour days of summer a couple of months away we have the night and day of ‘normal’ life during the Antarctic spring.

HALLEY VI
impressionist version

HALLEY VI

impressionist version

BEARDS…
…keeping men warm in Antarctica for over 100 years!

BEARDS…

…keeping men warm in Antarctica for over 100 years!

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A Few (Thousand) Penguins and Me

A Few (Thousand) Penguins and Me

First Proper Glimpse of a Glowing Sky
after weeks without seeing the sun, either through total darkness, cloud and fog or snow storms.

First Proper Glimpse of a Glowing Sky

after weeks without seeing the sun, either through total darkness, cloud and fog or snow storms.

Afternoon Moon
Hanging over the base on a rare still day in the last few weeks (think being inside a rapidly shaken snow-globe for the last week here!).
Crisp and silent with some rainbow-like patterning in the clouds too!

Afternoon Moon

Hanging over the base on a rare still day in the last few weeks (think being inside a rapidly shaken snow-globe for the last week here!).

Crisp and silent with some rainbow-like patterning in the clouds too!

Moonrising
The crescent moon rising through the dusky hues of a midday sky yesterday here at Halley.
Every day now brings us a few minutes more light as we get closer to the return of the sun in 5 weeks time.

Moonrising

The crescent moon rising through the dusky hues of a midday sky yesterday here at Halley.

Every day now brings us a few minutes more light as we get closer to the return of the sun in 5 weeks time.

MIDWINTER pt.1

HAPPY (belated) MIDWINTER!

Last week was Midwinter’s week here at Halley after the Midwinter solstice on June 21st!

It marks the half way point through our 3 months of darkness, and has long been a time for reflection and relaxation in the midst of the usual dark, cold, oftentimes difficult work we have down here.

So we let our hair down a bit, have some fun, eat some wonderful food and generally make merry, but also have the time to reflect on our time there, the winters that have gone before us - back to the hardships endured during the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration that allow us to be here now - and look forward to the return of the sun and what that will bring in the coming months.

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