Tag Archives: sun

Bouncing Sun 24-hour panoramic. ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Macdonald-Nethercott

Sunrise sunrise

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, now in Antarctica, recounts on his blog his visits to the researchers whose experiments he will run at Concordia research station.  ‘Sunrise, sunrise Looks like mornin’ in your eyes, But the...

Antarctica Analemma. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

The Analemma in Antarctica

Last year’s ESA-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia has been working on his videos and shared this project of charting the Sun over his year-stay in Antarctica: Wouldn’t it be interesting to keep a log of your location...

Beautiful morning. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

The return of the Sun

The long polar night lasted 105 days at Concordia Station, far longer than an Accident and Emergency night shift I had previously complained about while working in Chelsea, UK! It is a strange thing to miss something...

The Concordia crew haven't seen the sun now for over 40 days... Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Midsummer greetings

Post your images on the Flickr page For Concordia to share some summer sunshine with the 13 people living in the most remote, coldest, darkest place on Earth.

Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Macdonald-Nethercott

Advanced photography in freezing conditions

Concordia veteran and ESA-sponsored medical doctor Eoin Macdonald-Nethercott spent over a year in Antarctica. He returned to the United Kingdom in 2011 where he now works as accident and Emergency Speciality Doctor. He is still editing pictures...

Shared experiences of isolation in cold space...

Antonio Litterio and the Concordia crew talked with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano on the International Space Station last week. The Concordia crew, surrounded by 600 km of white space share their experiences with Luca, surrounded by infinite black space. As always Antonio suggests you listen to music by Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read his experience: On 20 September, our reality was confronted by another reality in a unique isolated location.  At 19:50 an unusual place shows on the screen in our living room , it is a small space and a person floats freely  right in the centre of it.  It is Luca Parmitano, the Italian astronaut currently on a mission on...

Melancholy and the infinite Sun

Winter in Concordia seen through the eyes of French glaciologist Albane Barbero. Translated from her French blog.  Everything began on 5 May when the Sun said goodbye. We were grouped together at the Astronomia Laboratory for a brunch with vin chaud. After three months of isolation, this get-together ‘in the countryside’ did us a world of good, but we realised all the same: the winter has started for real now. After taking many pictures of the Sun’s farewell we continued with a trilingual game of Pictionary: Italian, English and French. We ended the day with a visit to the hair salon and continued upgrading our library by adding dividers by letter, we...

Contemplating life in a barren world

The last of Olivier Delanoë’s series of blog entries on the end of darkness and living without life around. Sometimes an alarm will sound  at night, waking us up with fatigued eyes. It even occurs that the alarm sounds multiple times, a horrible alarm clock that makes waking up even worse than usual. At this altitude, the ultra-dry air repairs our bodies even less than usual when sleeping. A medical experiment I am taking part in for ESA shows that we are suffering from sleep apnea. I often wake up with a dry mouth so I keep a bottle of water close at all times. I turn and turn in my bed....

Sitting waiting for the Sun

Today in-between running two research sessions, after lunch I took a stroll outside. There was some light – so for once I did not need a head torch. Everything had changed. I was in an alien land. I was so used to the dark, navigating one footstep at a time, only seeing as far as the artificial light from my head torch shone. Around me it used to be pitch black. Now for a few hours a day, the Sun remains trapped below the horizon but you get the feeling that it is bursting at its seams to rise above the horizon.

Midsummer up north

Alex writes: During midwinter in the southern hemisphere we try to remember the sunlight and wonder about midsummer. I was sent this text which shows how varied different places on planet Earth can be… At the Andøya Rocket Range in northern Norway the Sun has been up since mid-May and will not dip below the horizon until July 25. It is easier to get up in the morning and more difficult to go to bed at night when the Sun hovers over the ocean. It is as if the Sun itself is urging us to stay up. Just a little bit longer, it pleads… you can sleep in the winter.

Join the dark side: send us questions and photos

Alex writes: This week we celebrate midwinter. We are halfway through the darkness and on the home stretch to see the sun for the first time in four months. The northern hemisphere will celebrate midsummer this week. Opposites attract – we would love to see your photos of the Sun and your midsummer celebrations. Share them on this Flickr group.