As winter sets in at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, changes are being made. Maybe the most important change? Covering up all of the windows with plywood and cardboard.
Covering windows is essential each winter to keep light pollution seeping to the outside from the station as low as possible. Reducing light pollution is critical to the science being conducted, which uses extremely sensitive cameras to monitor auroras. Any stray light from the station could compromise the data.
But it's no fun to just stare and blank wood all winter! So, over time, those wintering over have painted colorful designs on the window covers to bring some art, and a festive atmosphere, to the South Pole.
📷: NSF/Josiah Horneman
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