Week 24 at the Pole

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 10:00am

Two people holding open a big box full of snack food
Geoffrey Chen, SPT/NSF

Everything that has a beginning and an end has a middle, too—and that goes for winter.  Last week at the South Pole they celebrated midwinter, the marking of the winter solstice (which happens in December for those of us up north).  They’ve been looking forward to the festivities, where they exchange greeting cards with all the other Antarctic stations, share a fancy meal, and traditionally end the day with a viewing of “The Shining.”  IceCube’s winterovers were also treated to a gift box of goodies.  Seems like that was a hit.

Long dining table set for dinner, seats empty
John Hardin, IceCube/NSF

Long dining tables with people seated, facing camera
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Midwinter greeting card, group photo below aurora at South Pole
Danny Hampton, ASC