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“Week at the Pole”
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

IceCube’s winterovers just sat down to take in the view after finishing up some outdoor IceAct snow accumulation measurements.  It was a view worth sitting down for.  But for a relatively quiet week at the Pole, they still found themselves with plenty to do.

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:00am

It’s still not completely dark, but we know that eventually, and soon enough, the darkness will come to envelope everything. 

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 3:15pm

The extreme environment of the South Pole poses numerous challenges for those who work there, especially during the winter.  One difficulty is simply dealing with things that break.  You can’t just order a replacement online.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:45am

It’s not the first aurora of the season, but it is the first one to be captured on camera by IceCube winterover Kathrin—a pretty, swirling aurora along the horizon, with a bright moon illuminating the icy surface from above. 

Tray of decorated easter eggs


Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00am

The sky was still bright enough last week to take a photo of an ozone balloon launch, the first one to send up a special plastic balloon in the hopes of a better survival as it ascends in the cold atmosphere. 

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:15pm

There’s still just a bit of sunlight lingering, as seen in the image at top—what’s not so easily discernible in the image are the stars, but the winterovers report having seen them for the first time in months. 

Group huddled around a person on stretcher outside at South Pole under red light


Monday, April 8, 2019 - 3:00pm

Although the sun has set and winter has begun, it takes a while before it actually gets dark at the South Pole.  Twilight is a prolonged process there, lasting weeks.  Here there’s still plenty of daylight to see the station as it starts to look nice and frosty without direct sunlight. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:15am

IceCube's winterovers had the good luck to enjoy clear weather last week.  They were able to capture some dramatic photos of the sunset. 

Group of people standing in semi-circle around a presenter near an IceCube DOM


Friday, March 22, 2019 - 9:30am

As the sun sinks low behind the IceCube Lab, the building’s shadow grows long—it’s almost reaching the South Pole Telescope, as shown here. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:30pm

The sun is getting lower and lower, and the folks at the South Pole station continue to get everything ready for winter. The winds were strong last week, on some days making it hard to distinguish ground from sky. 

Several people sitting at a table, playing a board game