FIRST DAY OF WINTER: BRINGING SOME LIGHT INTO THE DARKEST DAY OF THE YEAR
As the longest night of the year in Antarctica gets closer (next 21st of June) we decided to bring some light into the matter (pun intended.)
As if Polar temperatures were not cold enough, there is a natural phenomenon taking place next 21st of June in Antarctica called Midwinter Day or Winter Solstice (as opposed to the Northern Hemisphere where the Summer Solstice occurs.)
If you are a researcher or a scientist living in Antarctica you have probably marked this day in your calendar as it means that winter is here and the shortest day of the year just started: the Sun will only be visible in the horizon from 10am until 5pm.
For most cultures, the start of any season had a special meaning and meant a reason to celebrate. Cities near Antarctica, such as Ushuaia, Argentina, get ready for the Winter Solstice months in advance. Anything from music shows, street performances organized by the government to cultural events in bars and nightclubs are what you might find if you happen to be there at this time of the year.
But if you are a researcher living at a base in the middle of Antarctica this day does represent a valid reason for throwing a great party: it means that your isolation in Antarctica is half way through and summer days are getting closer. And kid you not, some scientist celebrate this event by taking a dip in icy waters! If that doesn’t represent their level of happiness we don’t know what does.
When it comes to winter in the Arctic were are dealing with the same situation: temperature, of course, drops to its lower level.
Although the temptation of experience some full winter in the Arctic and feeling like a true adventurer might be unbearable, we do have to tell you that the during the summer months, as the moisture in the air gets lower, you will be able to see and appreciate the landscape way better than during winter time. Besides, due to low levels of humidity, you won’t feel as cold as you might have thought and is the greatest time to enjoy the Aurora Borealis. Just saying.
But, although winter in Antarctica might not be for the faint-hearted this special day deserves your attention!
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