Happy Midsummer!

Sunlight graph for Mawson station (image: AAD)

Today at 9:28pm local marks the summer solstice, when the sun is tracking at its highest point in the southern hemisphere sky for the year. Most importantly this is the turning point for the summer season, and we know the sun will gradually wind its way back down the sky and finally start to set below the horizon mid next month.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see the sun today here at Mawson, as there is a raging blizzard with winds gusting up to 76 knots (140 km/hr) with little visibility, but it’s good to know we’re halfway to the next sunset.