'Icy Twilight Zone': Sun Sets in Antarctica for Last Time in Five Weeks

The sun set near the Davis research station in Antarctica, for the last time in five weeks, on June 2, as the area entered a ‘twilight zone’.

Expeditioners at the research station farewelled the sun as it dipped below the horizon, not to rise again until July 10.

Davis research station leader Simon Goninon said the entire wintering team of 19 gathered to wave goodbye to the sun.

“It’s incredible to think we won’t see the sun or feel it’s warmth for more than five weeks,” Mr Goninon said in a statement.

“We will have about three hours of civil twilight a day, with the sun between 0–6 degrees below the horizon, so it’s a bit like the dark side of the moon here right now.”

Across at Mawson research station, the last sunrise will be on June 13 with two weeks before the sun reappears on June 29, the statement read.

At Casey research station the expeditioners will be treated to about 2 hours of sunlight a day as the sun skims along the horizon. Credit: antarctica.gov.au via Storyful