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ICL lit up
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 9:30am
Winterovers at the South Pole keep their emergency response skills fresh by holding regular drills. Last week was the missing person drill. And even though they are in the Dark Sector, where outdoor lighting is generally eliminated in winter, they had to turn flood lights on the outside of the station to be able to safely guide the drill team back.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Winter is long at the South Pole, at least when measured by the last plane out and the first plane back in. That’s roughly eight to nine months with no one (and no things) coming or going, quite a long period of isolation for the 40 or so winterovers at the station.
fourth of july
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am
How to make any 4th of July celebration special:
ICL at night
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
With the sun gone, they can cover up their windows all they want to prevent indoor light from getting outdoors, but they can’t stop the moon from shining. And last week, the moon was out full force, illuminating some interesting structures in the landscape.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:00am
Since bundling up to go outdoors is a bit of an ordeal (well, it doesn’t look as bad when you speed things up), you don’t want to have to make unnecessary trips out to the ICL if you can avoid it.
northern lights
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:30am
Last week we mentioned that they were celebrating midwinter at the South Pole, but we didn’t really cover all the festivities. First, there was the traditional viewing of “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror movie about an off-season caretaker in an isolated (also cold and white) location.
beautiful aurora borealis
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:00am
Last week was fairly quiet as far as the IceCube detector went—no major happenings there. But the sky, on the other hand, what a scene! The auroras (australis, that is) were particularly brilliant and striking.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Life at the Pole may be different than life elsewhere, but some things are the same just about everywhere. One of those things is celebrating holidays. Who knows? Maybe holidays are even more important when you live in small, isolated communities.
aurora borealis
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:15am

The auroras have been been bright and lively lately. And even though this one curves downward, it does not bring a frown to mind. In fact, in the the full-sky panorama view it converts to a smile.

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 2:00pm
This photograph of the ICL (IceCube Lab) almost looks as if it’s set against an artificial backdrop, but it is just the eerie effect of the sky lit by a rising moon. No special-effects lighting inside in the galley, where winterover Dag was stationed for his dish pit duty.