Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Sunlight

Those who live at Greenland’s Summit Station spend months without the sun in the winter, so it comes as no surprise that the first sunrise following the winter solstice is much anticipated. This year the Naval Observatory predicted the sun would crest the horizon on January 28, and Karl Newyear, station manager, was there to document it.

January 28, 2010: Almost the first sunrise: hints of the sun pushed through the clouds, but Newyear only got a peek.

January 29, 2010: First actual sunrise. No need for sunscreen, but the crew at Summit got a full frontal from the sun.

January 29, 2010: Self Portrait. Karl Newyear captures the bright light and the mandatory big sunglasses required with the sun's welcome arrival.