Week 19 at the Pole

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Winterovers cleaning dishes side by side
David Riebel, NOAA/NSF

There are privileges that come with winterovering at the South Pole.  Being able to step outside and gaze up at spectacular aurora displays is one of them.  Working in the dish pit?  Well, maybe that’s on the other side of that coin.  But, hey, those dishes don’t wash themselves.  And working as a team makes it seem almost … fun?  Aurora activity was light last week, but the moon was as bright as it could be, illuminating the ground and making headlamps unnecessary.  Ice crystals in the air gave it the appearance of a cross.

Bright moon with cross-like appearance
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF