IceCube, the Antarctic neutrino detector that in July of 2018 helped unravel one of the oldest riddles in physics and astronomy — the origin of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays — is getting an upgrade.
DM-Ice, or Dark Matter-Ice, is searching for dark matter in the Southern Hemisphere. In celebration of Dark Matter Day, celebrated internationally every year on October 31, we speak to Matt Kauer, an assistant researcher on DM-Ice who is stationed at WIPAC.
Well, there it is, the first plane to arrive at the South Pole for the season—a Basler. It only stopped long enough to refuel, but that was plenty of time to unload its precious cargo of fresh fruit.
The sun is well above the horizon, so there’s plenty of light for outdoor photography. And IceCube’s winterovers got right out there to take some splashy photos—that actually involved a splash of sorts, by throwing water out into an arc overhead that quickly turned into a spray of ice crystals.