Star Trails Over Observation Hill, Antarctica
Category: Sense of Place
Photo and caption by Cynthia Spence
Observation Hill or Ob Hill as it is known at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, is at 77.8 degrees south latitude. The cross on top is a memorial erected by Robert F. Scott's expedition members after Scott and his men died on the Ross Ice Shelf on their return trip from the South Pole. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the "race" to the Pole against Amundsen, who made it first. The hill glows in the winter lights of the station.