This is the first scene of the documentary, where thousands of penguins are facing into snow storm.

Narrator : Imagine our world without sun.

Male Emperor Penguins are facing the nearest that exists on planet Earth - winter in Antarctica.

BBC Planet Earth

I feel like there has to be something after "the nearest", like "the nearest winter that exists on earth . . .", Is it allowed to omit some words like this in English?

And second, I don't exactly understand the meaning of "the nearest" here. Does it mean "these penguins are the first ones to face the winter"?

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From what I heard, Winter in Antarctica is dark as night. So I read that phrase as meaning

the nearest thing to our world without sun

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