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“Week at the Pole”
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

The sun sure does make things shiny.  The face of the station appears dark and flat, but the “beer can,” the large cylindrical tower on the end that connects the aboveground station to belowground corridors, is glowing in the face of the newly risen sun.  So is that interesting snowdrift in the foreground. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 8:30am

Just because the sun is now up, doesn’t mean you can see everything clearly.  Check out the poor visibility in this image of a flag line just outside the station, disappearing into whiteness.  The 40-knot storm made outdoor work impossible and therefore restricted. 

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

Last week we saw that someone had pulled up a chair to watch the sunrise, this week there are two.  And these two people are actually watching the sun—it has been climbing higher and higher all week and is now officially up. 

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

Their time at the Pole may be coming to an end, but apparently their beards are not!  IceCube winterovers Martin and James are sporting some fine beards while they happily tackle their work in the dish pit. 

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:30pm

Just because it’s light enough to take pictures outdoors, doesn’t mean the sun is up.  Not yet—or not officially—anyway.  The one and only sunrise each year at the South Pole is a slow process. 

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 1:45pm

Now you see him, now you don’t!  Winterover Martin had some fun taking photos at the ceremonial pole last week.  Although it was still quite cold outside, the light was sufficient for a much faster a selfie.

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

With a near perfect uptime and very few detector issues, winterovers enjoyed a quiet week.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:15pm

Winterovers have been waiting for the sun for many months and the growing anticipation was heightened this week when the temperature reached a frigid -104◦F.

Bright moon with halo and moon dogs
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:30am

It was a relatively quiet week at the Pole, with most of the action outside.  IceCube winterover Martin captured a nice shot of the moon, with halo and moon dogs, over the Dark Sector.  You can discern a faint glow along the horizon of an impending sunrise.

The IceCube Lab with bright moon and lunar halo as backdrop
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 3:45pm

No, not yet—that’s the moon, not the sun.  But so bright, one would be forgiven for mistaking it for the sun.  Not only is this full moon bright, but it’s sporting a nice clear halo, too, providing an excellent backdrop for a shot of the IceCube Lab.