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Re: Is winter dark at the south pole?



This reminds me a lot of my time spent in the north of the Yukon during
the ill spent years of my youth, in the dead of winter, being shaken to my
core by the dynamics of the sky and of the aurora. This was before I
'discovered' ham radio.
A winter spent past the Arctic Circle make one REALLY appreciate a summer
spent at the same latitude. I swore I would never leave, and has left me
wondering
how I ever did, and why I am where I am now. We supposedly get wiser with
age......

Sorry, this is supposed to be about ham radio.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ronald Long <rlong3@columbus.rr.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 8:35 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Is winter dark at the south pole?


> Well this is obviously off-topic, but I found it so interesting that I had
> to share it. At least it is about a satellite, the moon, the one that W2RS
> calls Oscar-Zero.
>
> I read an article by a doctor who has wintered over at the South Pole. I
> always thought that during the winter when the sun doesn't rise, that it
> would be pitch black. But he writes ...
>
> "The moon rises full or nearly full throughout the dark time. Because of
> the darkness, the light of the full moon on the ice seems like daylight. As
> winter nears its end the sun gradually reappears over the course of five or
> six weeks - at first, as a faint glow on the horizon - and then pops up on
> Sept 21 or 22. It's marvelous, beautiful. Year round the polar sky is
> incredible. You climb up a ladder, throw back a hatch, and there's the
> Aurora Australis overhead - like gigantic cords and hands, shaken from one
> end as though by a giant hand."
>
> by Will Silva, M.D. in Harvard Magazine, Nov-Dec 1999.
>
> ron w8gus.
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