First Antarctic Sunrise in Two Months Caught on Webcam

July 31st, 2012 by Mark

An Antarctic webcam caught the first sunrise after two months of perpetual night. The sight was caught by a webcam at the Princess Elisabeth Station. It was a spectacular view as the gold glow rose over the horizon.

The Princess Elisabeth station is a Belgium scientific polar research station. Built and operated by the International Polar Foundation, it became operational in 2009 and is home to up to 16 scientists at a time. Many different areas of research are conducted at the station, including in microbiology, glaciology, and seismology.

You cannot take the sunshine for granted in the Antarctic — especially after two months of darkness!

Named Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, the station is the only base in the Antarctic that gives off zero emissions – its depends entirely on sun and wind for its energy needs. This is done through soloar panels and seven wind turbines that harness the regions harsh winds.

Nobody was physically at the station to view the sunrise. The station was closed for winter on 27 February and nobody will return to the station until November.

You can read more about the sunrise on the Princess Elisabeth Station’s website.

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