First sun


8 March 2007

First sun

After 141 nights the sun has finally returned !!! Last seen above the horizon on 17 October 2006, yesterday morning for a few fleeting seconds we received the first direct rays.

This morning we were better able to see the disc of the sun to our south for 20 minutes around 8am (corresponding to midday meridian time). Although the sun is still one degree below the horizon, an optical trick of light refraction allows us to see the sun slightly before it actually passes above the horizon. The transition from polar night to 24 hour daylight will be very rapid and by early April the sun will be continuously above the horizon.