The last period of complete darkness


18 January 2007

We are now enjoying the last period of complete darkness as the end of the polar night approaches.

Next week the moon returns, after which we will start to see the welcome return of the sun during the month of February. The transition from permanent night to 24 hour daylight is rapid, by late March we will once again be living in the land of the midnight sun. Already we can see a barely detectable glimpse of light on the southern horizon early in the morning. These first precursory photons have reminded everyone to make the most of the last few weeks of darkness and to appreciate the special atmosphere of the polar night, as it is unlikely for most on board that we will pass another winter on the ice.