Partial eclipse seen from Antarctica. Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA–N. Albertsen
As the world celebrates the first Moon landing 50 years ago this week we were also treated to a partial lunar eclipse visible from most of the globe last night. The Moon is the only place that everybody in the world has seen – it is of course also visible at Concordia station 1670 km from the South Pole.
Although the team living and working in Concordia are spending four months in permanent darkness – the Sun does not rise above the horizon in the Antarctic winter – the crew had to wake up early to view the partial eclipse.
ESA’s research doctor in Concordia station Nadja Albertsen was awake at 05:30 in the morning (in the obscure Casey Time Standard Time timezone used at the research base) to snap these amazing pictures of the Moon.
Nadja writes: “I’ve sent you two pictures… taking pictures of the Moon is difficult, and you are stuck with my pictures as everybody else stayed in bed. One picture is of the Moon only (d’uh), but there was a extremely beautiful double-halo as well. I tried to capture it, but as it was very ...