Week 26 at the Pole

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Sign-up sheet posted for South Pole Winter Games
James Casey, IceCube/NSF

Let the games begin! The South Pole Winter Games, that is. They feature an eclectic line-up of events, including vertical tower sprint and photography.  IceCube winterovers James and Martin signed up for some individual trials but also formed a team to compete in volleyball.  It was a busy week in general for the station, with a couple of fire alarms that kept emergency response teams on their toes. And the skies were busy, too.  Check out the stunning shot of the Milky Way and horizontal auroras hanging over a flag line in the last photo.  The striped effect kind of reminds one of this, or better yet this.

Selfie on the volleyball court
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF

Milky Way over green horizontal band of auroras over flagline bathed in red light
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF