24 Hours of Nonstop Sunlight in Antarctica

Two time-lapsed minutes of sunshine

Hallmark of high summer
Days of long-lasting sunshine are a hallmark of high summer, and Antarctica takes this to the extreme. For four months, from late October through late February, the continent sees 24 hours of sunlight—all day, every day.

Researchers at Scott Base are among those exposed to the relentless daytime, and New Zealand filmmaker Anthony Powell captured the experience and condensed it into two time-lapsed minutes of sunshine, clouds and snow.

Powell achieved the footage by pointing a camera at the sun and shooting one photo every 1-minute-and-1-second. The rig controlling the camera movement was powered through a team effort, by batteries and by the subject itself: the sun.


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