March 27, 2011

Monday, 27 March 1911


The aurora australis, photographed in Antarctica by Samuel Blanc in April, 2006. [1]

"The aurora australis was seen for the first time on the evening of March 28," Amundsen wrote later. "It was composed of shafts and bands, and extended from the south-west to the north-east through the zenith. The light was pale green and red. We see many fine sunsets here, unique in the splendour of their colour. No doubt the surroundings in this fairyland of blue and white do much to increase their beauty." [2]


[1] Wikimedia Commons.
[2] Roald Amundsen, The South Pole, ch.6.

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