Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Food pull and Austral Auroras

On a previous post I included several pictures of the food storage area I called Costco. Everything is frozen at the natural temperature of -60 degF. The materials person collects food, per the week's menu, and moves it into the station for the cooks. It is a tough job.
Collecting food and taking it to a large cart which is then pushed to an elevator. 

Now where is that case of beans?

Easy storage on the galley deck.

A pre-winter picture of the South Pole Telescope. Photo credit:Jason.
A cool picture of Antarctica. South America on the upper right.
It is time for the Southern Lights! An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on earthare directed by the earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.

I took these pictures at noon on May 2nd.

This one looks like a swan.

The flagpole on the left with all points north. The Southern Cross in the middle.

It appears as though the aurora is going through our flag.

Someone walking out to the Dark Sector. Only red lights are permitted because white lights interfere with the dark sector telescopes.
A group of us got together at the Pole marker for this picture. I'm on the far right. We moved. Photo credit: Felipe
Capturing the beautiful South Pole sky. I'm kneeling on the far right. Photo credit: Felipe

1 comment:

  1. Wait how did you get the southern lights without time lapse/slow exposure? Didn't you need a special camera for that? Regardless of that....SWEET!