Antarctic Midnight Sun Observation

Verifying an Unverified Claim

Why is there a question?

Every fact of science must be verifiable or it is not science its religion. FECORE believes many people would like to have independent verification of an Antarctic midnight sun. And true science requires it.

This may sound very simple and even redundant since we are told many people have been there and witnessed it. Yet if that were the case we would see videos where a tourist can see the sun above the horizon at 12 or even 1 am. We see those from the north often but none from the south.

We are told that the earth is a spinning ball which is tilted 23.4° from perpendicular of the earth’s orbital plane around the sun. So during the December 22 solstice the north pole is tilted away from the sun and the south pole is tilted toward the sun. During summer solstice on June 22 the north pole is tilted toward the sun. This geometry would provide that on the summer solstice all points north of 66.5° will have a night in which the sun never sets. 66.5° latitude is named the Arctic Circle. At points further north than 66.5° the number of nights with a midnight sun increases.

The midnight suns in the north have been captured in photographs and video on many occasions by many private individuals. The picture on the right taken at 11:49 pm is from Norway.  But there are no such video’s from private individuals in the south. A government sponsored research station in Antarctica did respond to a request to have a video time lapse of the Antarctic midnight sun.

What did we get from mainstream science?

The video sent showed a small pole with a flag on it very similar to those used on a golf course to mark the location of the hole. This shadow should make a 360° trip around the flag. But upon reaching a certain point in the day the shadow about 1/3 of the circle. Here are two consecutive frames from that video 1/30th of a second apart. The video is from a webcam located at the Amundsen – Scott South Pole Station captured on December 4, 2011. The video was published by the station as proof of the midnight sun in Antarctica. The still picture on the right shows a time of  about 0800. The photo below it is the exact same flag and this is the very next video frame from a webcam at the Amundsen-Scott station yet the time stamp says 1600. The video is 24 frames per second. Are we to believe that the shadow jumped one third the way around in that time?

After some emails and some time passed an excuse for why the video had a gap was given that the person who had set up the webcam had programed it to not capture images when it was dark, that whether the frame was saved was determined by if it was very dark. And then the explanation was “corrected” and said it was due to the narrow bandwidth of the internet there at the station. The exact same conditions on this webcam video were present on several webcam videos in the same area.

New and Improved..?

Months later another video was produced to prove 24 hours of sunlight in the Antarctic. Here is a still from that video. The sun looks very unnatural. As it moves the camera follows it. At one point there is a range of mountains or hills between the camera and the sun. Oddly in full sun there is no shadow from those hills.. At one point in the video there are tall poles between the camera and the sun. The shadows from those poles never move.

When you look at video of some woman living in Barrow, Alaska at 77° north made with her cell phone at 1 am and you see the neighborhood is devoid of people or outside activity and the woman is wearing a medium weight coat and the time on her phone reads 1:05 am you don’t doubt it. It does not look strange. The sun an the natural surroundings look very real. Your eye and mind is not left wondering why something looks the way it does. Obviously the need for true verification is real.

How can we send someone there?

The most easily accessible and least costly tour locations in Antarctica are those due south of the tip of South America. Yet none of the tourist locations on that side of Antarctica are below the Antarctic circle so the midnight sun can not be verified there.

To observe first hand the Antarctic midnight sun it will be necessary to travel by boat from New Zealand to the Ross Sea region and visit McMurdo Station area. There are two tours per year to this region which only depart during January and February. These tours are offered on board the research vessel Spirit of Enderby. Two 30 day voyages are planned in 2018. First on January 10th and the second on February 8th 2018. The cost per passenger varies between $22,300 to $30200 (USD). The traveler will also need suitable clothing about $1500 worth, airfare from his home city to Auckland New Zealand and ground transportation to either Invercargill of Christchurch would be an additional $4000. As of 8 November 2017 all money for these trips must be paid. A member of FECORE actually had a courtesy hold for the last berth on the January 10th voyage. But since funding was not available our chance was lost until January 2019. The Spirit of Enderby carries 50 passengers.

The traveler will need to be allowed to be out at night and to capture either video or still photos of the sun at 12 am local time. A video would be far better than just a still photograph. If there is a midnight sun in Antarctica then this should be very straight forward event.

However lets look at the numbers for a private individual to travel to a place where the Antarctic midnight sun can be observed. We are told that anybody can go. It just cost lots of money. Actually there are only 100 people per year that can visit south of the Antarctic circle. 100 people out of billions is selective in the extreme. But even with 100 per year the question remains why none of them have ever filmed the midnight sun.

 

Summary

We have no verifiable proof of an Antarctic midnight sun. The access to south of the Antarctic circle is very limited. There are not 4 companies providing tours with a couple thousand passengers going to the Ross Sea region each year. There is one 50 passenger boat which makes two trips a year. All the various travel agencies booking tours are just selling tickets for one boat.

There is also the conflicting data of plant and animal life in Antarctica compared to the Arctic. The climate difference between north and south are extreme. At 61° north in Palmer Alaska they grow the world’s largest vegetables. There are flower gardens and warm summer days. At 61° south in Villa las Estrellas a Chilean research community there is not any type of natural plant life not even moss. In the north there has been a human population settlement since prehistoric times as far north as 77°. In the south 55° is the furthest extent of natural human populations. And yet we are told the north and the south have the exact same exposure to sunlight. More research, independent research needs to be done.

 

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