22 December, 2000
This morning at 2:30AM local time (GMT +13) was the solstice- or, noon at the pole, since the sun rises and sets once a year. Today the sun is the highest it ever gets here, 23 degrees above the horizon.
Just to make sure that the sun actually is 23 degrees above the horizon, we have a solar locator that will help us measure the angle of the sun. It has been set up in AST/RO since October, and Chris Martin has been marking the angle of the sun periodically for the last few months. Other groups around the world are taking similar measurements, and the results collected in one central place: topweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/antarctica_imagegal/solar_project.html. At that site, you can also download the solar locater that we used and measure the angle of the sun where you are.
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