At the bottom of the world, it's supposed to be summer, but a blizzard with winds of 105 mph caused Australia's flagship icebreaker Aurora Australis to break its moorings and run aground, stranding 68 expeditioners and crew.
The Russian vessel, Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck in thick ice since Christmas Day and although the stricken ship has now been spotted, it remains stuck with 74 passengers, crew and scientists on board.
Two videos are making their rounds through the Internet. One time-lapse video depicts the International Space Stations orbiting our planet at night. The other video shows the Aurora Australis over eastern Australia.