9 October, 2003
Fata Morgana and Sun Dogs
Our flight was cancelled once again because of the fog. It is worse for the people stuck in Christchurch and the people stuck at McMurdo, so much hinges on air traffic.
The fog though brought some interesting atmospheric displays. In the morning there was a fine snow in the air, crystals falling everywhere. Pointing toward the sun with my camera, (never, ever look at the sun with your eyes, it will burn your retina just like an ant is burned under a lens. You will go blind.), you can see two images of the sun to the right and left at 22 degrees. These are called sun dogs. It is the snow crystals that cause this effect.
Later in the afternoon the cold air had settled on the ice and there was warmer air above it. The layer acted like a mirror and light trapped below reflected toward our eyes causing a very interesting mirage know as a fata morgana.
We will try the helicopters again tomorrow, then try to drive out to one site.
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