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Parhelion (mock sun)

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Parhelion (mock sun)

Parhelion (mock sun), an atmospheric phenomenon recorded over the tube-like, wooden living quarters of the British Antarctic Survey, Halley

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Media ID 6376139

© DOUG ALLAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Antarctic Antarctica Atmospheric Phenomena British Antarctic Survey Parhelion


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This print captures the ethereal beauty of a Parhelion, also known as a mock sun, illuminating the wooden living quarters at the British Antarctic Survey's Halley Station. The mesmerizing atmospheric phenomenon is a testament to the awe-inspiring wonders that unfold in Antarctica's pristine environment. As sunlight filters through ice crystals suspended in the frigid air, it creates an enchanting optical illusion. Two vividly radiant orbs flank the brilliant sun, casting an otherworldly glow upon this remote outpost. The tube-like structures of Halley Station stand resilient against this breathtaking backdrop, symbolizing humanity's unwavering determination to explore and understand our planet's most extreme corners. In this frozen wilderness where nature reigns supreme, such celestial displays serve as reminders of Earth's delicate balance and its capacity for both grandeur and fragility. Scientists stationed here are privileged witnesses to these rare phenomena that offer invaluable insights into our planet's ever-changing climate patterns. This remarkable image from Science Photo Library encapsulates not only the scientific significance but also the sheer wonderment evoked by witnessing such extraordinary events in one of Earth’s harshest environments. It serves as a visual reminder that even amidst isolation and adversity, human curiosity persists – driving us to unravel nature’s mysteries while nurturing a deep appreciation for our fragile world.

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