Saturday 22 December 2007 à 18:22

First midnight sun, first ice floe, first penguins!

Sophie Mouge. Correspondent aboard the Aurora Australis

The morning, the sun did not rise... because it did not set the night before! The light stayed quite bright until 2300 h.

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Saturday 22 December 2007 à 18:19

Data for the Aurora Australis at 12h30 (= 1h30 UT)

Sophie Mouge. Correspondent aboard the Aurora Australis

Position of the icebreaker:
- latitude: 65°57’970 N
- longitude: 143°35’614 E
Wind:
- direction: W
- speed: 10 knots
Water temperature: 1.2°C
Air temperature: -2°C
Atmospheric pressure: 982 hPa
Relative humidity: 77 %
UV-B: 9.6 W/m²
Water depth: 438 meters
The sun did not set yesterday!

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Saturday 22 December 2007 à 12:00

Position of Aurora Australis

Sophie Mouge. Correspondent aboard the Aurora Australis

FROM: Martin Riddle
DATE: 22/12/07
REPORT (SITREP) NO.: 306
UNIVERSAL TIME: 0100
LOCAL (SHIP) TIME: 1200
AUSTRALIAN EASTERN STANDARD TIME: 1200
POSITION: -65 58, 143 35
HEADING: 23
CURRENT SPEED (KNOTS): 0
DISTANCE TO NEXT WAYPOINT (NAUTICAL MILES): 14
DISTANCE COVERED LAST 24
HOURS (NAUTICAL MILES): 192
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Visibility good, sunny periods, wind 10 kts from 300T with gusts to 16 kts
AIR TEMPERATURE: -2.0
SEA TEMPERATURE: -1.2
SEA CONDITIONS: No swell
ICE CONDITIONS: 4/10 loose pack, few ice-bergs
REMARKS: Our early Christmas went very well yesterday with several expeditioners saying they had never before been treated to such a meal - our thanks to all in the galley for making it a very special occasion. The first ice-berg was spotted at 2145 last night and since then we have regularly been seeing ice-bergs, pack-ice and the wild-life that confirms we have arrived in Antarctica. This morning we passed the tourist vessel Orion within 6 Nm and made radio contact as they headed north after visiting Commonwealth Bay. We are currently stationary in a patch of loose pack-ice while equipment is being transferred between the heli-deck and the trawl deck in preparation for the next phase of the voyage. Now that we are well into the ice those who were taking underway samples to look at the microorganisms in the water are having a short break from sampling so they are ready to start again in earnest when the survey continues.
Regards, Martin and Sarah.

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Water temperature: - 2 °C
Air temperature: - 1,2 °C

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