Week 13 at the Pole
Let the twilight begin! Even though twilight occurs only twice a year at the South Pole, it is a drawn out process that lasts weeks instead of hours. At sunset, the light outside slowly dwindles before leaving the Pole in complete darkness. Even then, it’s not always fully dark since, while the sun may be gone, the moon still gets to make appearances—and it can be quite bright, too, especially when it’s full.
Last week, there was plenty of light outside to capture a photo, below, of IceCube winterover Martin as he cleared snow away from emergency exits—an important but not necessarily fun chore. And it was extra cold outside then, as temperatures had been dropping all week. Inside, on the other hand, vegetables were proliferating in the greenhouse, where they’ve got ripening tomatoes, lettuces, cucumbers, zucchini, and more. Life at the Pole (with salad) is good.