Sunday, January 03, 2010

Winter Solstice In Fairbanks, Alaska: A Video Of One Of The Shortest Days Of The Year, As Captured By Videographer Eric Muehling

Fairbanks, Alaska is only about 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and so the days become short during the winter.

Very, very short.

How short? The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner informs us of the work of Eric Muehling, who used his digital camera to take 1,882 separate frames from just before sunrise to sunset on December 28th, 2009, just a week after the official winter solstice. He assembled the images into a time-lapse video that compresses the period from sunrise to sunset into about two minutes. He took the new photos from the West Ridge at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, placing his camera in a cardboard box with a 60-watt light bulb to keep the batteries warm. And he uploaded the results to YouTube, embedded below:

Oh, in answer to the previous question, 3 hours and 49 minutes. The sun rose at 10:58 A.M. and set at 2:47 P.M. The sun never got higher than 2 degrees above the horizon. So if you have "Seasonal Affective Disorder", Fairbanks may not be the place for you.

Eric Muehling's YouTube channel is accessible HERE. He's listed as faculty at the UAF Geophysical Institute.

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