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safety practice
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:30am
Kids, don’t try this at home. At least not without proper equipment. Here some winterovers are learning to use what they call the “confidence chair,” a specialized piece of equipment for evacuating injured people from multilevel buildings.
orange sunset
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:00am
The sun takes its time setting at the South Pole. And even after it has officially set, there remains an afterglow in the sky.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 3:45pm
Sun or moon? From the photo it’s hard to tell. It sure looks like a bright sunny day, but this is the South Pole, where it’s still winter and the sun has not yet returned.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:45am

Very little snow actually falls at the South Pole. Antarctica as a whole is the driest continent on Earth, and the South Pole, with its high altitude and distance from the coasts, receives the least precipitation.

ICL at sunset
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Have we mentioned that the ICL (IceCube Lab) is a rather photogenic building? I think we have, recently—and although the sun has now officially set, there was still enough residual light last week to get a nice shot of the ICL—in shadow with a clear, colorful sky behind it.
northern lights
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:15pm
It’s the photographer’s trifecta for wintering at the South Pole—a shot of the sky with a star-studded background, a nice aurora effect, and the Milky Way visible. You can’t beat that.
northern lights
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
The auroras tell you it’s winter at the South Pole—you can’t see auroras there during the summer because the sun is out the whole time. But in winter, the folks who station at the South Pole get to witness these auroras in all their glory.
night sky
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:30pm
Although there is still a little bit of twilight left in the direction of the sun, the auroras have made their appearance at the South Pole. And the winterover team was treated to several good displays this week.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:45am
It looks as if the smoke stacks are releasing a plume of green smoke along with their stream of exhaust, but it’s just an artifact of the camera angle. The green splash across the sky reminds us that it’s still aurora season at the South Pole.
fish eye night sky
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:00am
IceCube’s winterovers spend about thirteen months at the South Pole, trained for and ready to tackle a variety of situations needing their attention. Some weeks are very busy, and some weeks less so, but there is always something going on.