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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:45pm

Is that the sun or the moon? That’s the moon alright—since it’s still winter at the South Pole, we know the sun has set and won’t show itself again for awhile.

south pole marker
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:45pm
Some very bright auroras have been unfolding in the sky above the South Pole lately. But that doesn’t mean the only way to see an aurora is by looking upward. Here’s an aurora reflected in the metallic sphere atop the marker at the ceremonial South Pole.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:00am
They’re getting fancy at the Pole—wide angles showing off curves and long exposures leaving star trails in the night sky. With its long stretch of darkness broken only by spells of auroras or the rising of a sunlike moon, winter makes the South Pole a captivating place.
greenhouse plaque
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
South Pole … greenhouse? That’s right. One of the coldest places on the planet hosts a very nice, warm greenhouse, replete with tomatoes and leafy greens. It’s a jungle in there.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:00pm
A bright moon hovers above a row of summer camp buildings at the South Pole. It’s not summer there now, of course, but with such a brightly lit sky, the winterovers may be having flashbacks to a time not so long ago when the sun shone down on this camp.
table set up
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 8:45am

If you blur your vision slightly, the green tablecloth might be mistaken as grass and the entire scene as one of a summertime outdoor picnic. But it’s still winter at the South Pole—midwinter to be precise, one of several milestones they traditionally celebrate with a special dinner.

night sky
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:15am
It looks like IceCube winterover Ian Rees is back to taking photographs. A good thing, too, or we wouldn’t have gotten the above image of a nice aurora filling up the sky over the ICL.
night viewing
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:00am
What better time and place for an outdoor astronomy class than midwinter at the South Pole? Clear skies present a group of expectant gazers with a multitude of stars for their viewing pleasure.
cloud trails
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:00am
IceCube winterover Erik Beiser was captured in the above image silhouetted by the rising moon while out taking aurora photos himself.
ICL at night
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:00am
Ah, the 4th of July—barbecues everywhere, even at the South Pole. But, not only is it winter there now, with snow and ice, it’s been extremely cold lately, with long stretches of low temperatures, down to below –100 °F.