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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Jeremy Johnson
- Explore score
- 0.07 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 14, 2009
- Date taken
- Aug 13, 2009
This is a 360 degree Panorama of the Aumndsen-Scott South Pole Station, South Pole Antarctica.
This was taken on 7-28 during the afternoon at a temperature of around -90F with a windchill of -130F. The moon in the shot was only a slight crescent but is incredibly bright. When the moon is not around we are surrounded by total darkness, unless we happen to be graced by a beautiful aurora! I was lucky enough to catch this nice aurora along with the moon. The moon is so bright down here that it mutes out the sky, making shots of stars quite difficult. I have to move very fast while taking photos down here as my batteries freeze quite quickly and even my tripod freezes and no longer will rotate...
Normally I keep a headlamp with me, but this time I had forgotten it while in a rush to capture the dissipating aurora, so had to shoot with whatever I had last set the camera at, and had to hope i didn't bump the rings since i wouldn't be able to see to change anything. Unfortunately while walking out to this point to take the photos I bumped the focal ring on the lens and ever so slightly causing the pictures to bit out of focus, but the pano was so beautiful I couldn't just toss it.
These images were taken with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II at 16mm, f-stop 2.8 for 30 second exposures.
*edit: You can see each of the constellations drawn in over the skyline here: