South Pole EarthDial

Part of the EarthDial Project

The South Pole EarthDial is located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station at 90° South Latitude. In addition to the world-class astronomy and atmospheric studies, we are in the middle of a multi-year effort to build a new station (the third facility at the Pole since the 1950s).

One of the things that makes the South Pole unique is that it's the only inhabited place on Earth with six months of continuous daylight followed by six months of continuous night. For the next few days, the shadows will get longer and longer until the sun finally sets at the autumnal equinox. Learn more about the patterns of day and night with these suncharts.
Geosynchronous satellites are not visible from the South Pole. As a result, we do not have a 24-hour-a-day connection to the outside world. If the EarthDial picture does not look recent, it may be a few hours until we are able to update it.

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Last modified: 03 March 2004
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