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Aurora at South Pole, with person with arms in air
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

Arms up—let’s hear it for auroras!  With an extremely stable IceCube detector that needed little attention last week, IceCube winterover Martin was able to train his focus on the glorious skies. 

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm

Last week’s photos from the Pole were full of blue and green.  The first visible auroras were out, and they appeared as bright green swaths and swirls against a blue sky.  A bright full moon and Jupiter as a tiny speck also made appearances.

Lab coats colored green and blue from reflected computer lights
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Monday, April 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

Another amazing week at the Pole—not only was the detector performing well but the twilight photographs continued to be stunning.  IceCube winterover Martin captured another great time-lapse shot of a NOAA weather balloon launch along with some striking images of the station and the IceCube Lab.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:30pm

The sun has set, they’ve held their traditional sunset dinner, and yet … it’s still light outside. Well, that’s twilight. Even after the sun falls below the horizon, the scattering of light in the upper atmosphere illuminates the lower atmosphere and the Earth’s surface.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:30am

This photo at sunset is a picture that paints a thousand words, reminding us that the South Pole is technically a desert. The windswept snow forms into sastrugi, or sharp, irregular grooves and ridges on the hard snow surface. They can create interesting shapes and take on strange appearances, sometimes looking a bit like waves crashing to shore.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:45am

Pull up a chair—sunset at the South Pole takes weeks, not hours.  And why is that?  Because the Earth’s rotational axis is tilted, the poles gradually proceed from full exposure to full shadow (and back again) as the Earth travels around the sun. 

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:15pm

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!  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Up until almost the last minute, the summer activities at the Pole kept the IceCube crew busy. This summer, a dozen IceCube researchers and staff, from eight institutions and six countries, spent some time at the Admundsen-Scott South Pole Station to perform maintenance and operations for IceCube and help prepare for a future deployment of the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) detector. A PolarTREC teacher, Kate Miller, also traveled to the Pole to join the team, contributing to an extensive educational and outreach program that is still in progress.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

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 7, 2017 - 10:00am

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. 

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