Friday, March 24 2017

The fourth edition of the IceCube Masterclass hosted over 200 students at 14 institutions in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the US. Stony Brook University, which joined the masterclass program for the first time, had a full program for women.  The positive interaction with scientists is again one of the things that students value most from this program. The masterclasses were held on March 8, 11 and 22.

Friday, March 17 2017

A tree grows at the South Pole.  Well, not really.  It’s not an actual tree (rather, a sculpture made of copper), and it’s definitely not growing.  But it looks like a tree—great photo!  

Friday, March 10 2017

It was rather overcast last week.  In fact, in this photo of the IceCube Lab (ICL), it’s almost hard to tell where the snowy landscape ends and the cloudy sky begins.  This view of the ICL is from the vantage point of the geographic South Pole. 

Tuesday, March 07 2017

Last Friday, over 150 Spanish speakers came out for a science night in Spanish at the planetarium of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). The evening, hosted by the planetarium and WIPAC through the program “El Universo es Tuyo,” offered an appealing program: a planetarium show about the moon, activities with IceCube, science books in Spanish from the Madison Public Library, and several hands-on activities to learn about moon craters and eclipses run by UW Space Place and MEChA of UW–Madison. There were even some refreshments, through the generous support of Rocky Roccoco, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Woodman’s Markets, and Pick ’n Save.  

Tuesday, March 07 2017

Another week, another sun dog.  This nice photo taken of sun dogs at the Pole also shows off a blue sky, some low-lying clouds, and the South Pole Telescope far off to the left. 

Thursday, February 23 2017

A clear sky last week showed off some faint sun dogs around a bright sun.  Clear skies also made for fine flying conditions—the last flights to leave the Pole took off last week.  The station is officially closed for the season.