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Chronicles from Concordia

Sunrise sunrise

30 Dec 2015, 23:22 UTC
Sunrise sunrise
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Bouncing Sun 24-hour panoramic. ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Macdonald-Nethercott
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, now in Antarctica, recounts his visits to the researchers whose experiments he will run at Concordia research station.
‘Sunrise, sunrise
Looks like mornin’ in your eyes,
But the clocks held 9:15 for hours
Sunrise, sunrise’
Norah Jones – 2004
I’m pretty sure Norah Jones never visited Concordia station, and if she has, probably not during the Antarctic winter when unlike in her song the Sun does not always rise.
9:30 on a Friday morning, I met the ‘Sunrise Team’ for the first time at the Hotel Dieu Hospital right next to Notre Dame in Paris. For this team I will be studying and testing the efficiency of dawn and dusk simulation (Wake-Up Lights) as a counter-measure to the adverse effects of the Antarctic night on sleep and mood. What better place to test these lamps than in complete darkness?!
In my normal daily life, my days start either before it’s light or after with only minimal variations related to my working hours and/or the seasons. At the Concordia Station, which is located within the Antarctic circle, these ‘normal’ options will no longer exist for me…
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