McMurdo Station, Antarctica - Pink Midwinter Twilight


Remnants of the Tongan volcanic dust cloud in the upper stratosphere are the likely cause of the stunning colours seen here at Scott Base, Antarctica today!

A title like ‘Turkish Delight’ doesn’t really sound apt for a remote Antarctic station in minus thirty degrees Celsius but this was the colour of the sky and partial moon at midday on Ross Island where Scott Base (NZ) & McMurdo Station (USA) are both located.

The slight ‘nautical twilight’ we normally get around midday at this time of the year usually means we can just make out the horizon if we’re lucky but we were presented with quite a show which had most of the station personnel grabbing jackets and running outside with their cameras for a look at the awesome colours…


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