After six months of darkness, the sun has risen at the South Pole! Astronomical twilight began in early August, when the sun was 12-18 degrees below the horizon. Nautical twilight followed on August 22, when the sun was 6-12 degrees below the horizon. Aurora australis were still visible as the sun’s glow appeared on the horizon.
On August 23, spring’s first flight arrived at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station from Christchurch, New Zealand, ferrying people and equipment for the new season.