The once-a-year sunrise at the South Pole

Posted: Sep 23, 2012 09:19 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) The sun rises only once a year at the Geographic South Pole (90°South); with the Southern Hemisphere’s Spring equinox on September 22nd.

This marks the end of the polar night/winter, which started with the only sunset at the South Pole on March 22nd (the March Equinox)..

Sven Lidstøm, Swedish IceCube scientist and winter-over at the South Pole who took this photo on September 22nd commented, “The one and only sunrise of 2012 and it is about time.”

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Sunrise "and it is about time". The 90° South marker visible on the right.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom
The South Pole Station main building, September 7th, 2012.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom
The South Pole Station main building, September 7th, 2012.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom

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