Saturday, November 21, 2009

Arctic Night and Antarctica Penguins

Around the globe, I continue to chase the Eternal Sunset, thanks to the Internet.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, the day length is down to almost 5 1/2 hours.  Yesterday, the low temperature was minus 29.  The webcam shows a low, weak sun shining on a miserable looking foggy landscape.

In the Svalbard Islands, Norway, the sun won't be rising again until March.  Eternal dark blankets the island where the town of Longyearbyen huddles, but it is a lot warmer here above the arctic circle.  Almost 40 degrees warmer.

But at Bernardo O'Higgins base in Antarctica, the penguins have gathered, the  midnight sun shines, the snow melts, and mothers sit on their eggs.  These are Gentoo penguins.  No March of the Penguins for them but it is fascinating to be able to watch them live on a webcam.

What a marvel the Internet is. So taken for granted by my 19 year old son.  But not by this aging baby boomer.

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