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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
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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
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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
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Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:00am

The sun is still out at the South Pole, but it’s getting low in the sky (they have one loooong sunset down there).  And it’s cold as usual—a quick run around the block leaves one looking a little frosty. 

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Last week, with the IceCube detector behaving well, winterovers Benjamin and Kathrin had a bit more time for extracurriculars.  They enjoyed a live webcast with a classroom in Italy and tried their hand at mastering the unicycle. 

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:15pm

Tradition is strong at the South Pole, and last week was validation of that.  After the final plane departed with the remaining summer personnel, the winterovering station crew all gathered in the gym for the traditional screening of all three versions of “The Thing.” They engage in this marathon viewing each year.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:30pm

Time flies, even at the South Pole.  The winterover staff are getting ready for the pending station close—here IceCube winterover Kathrin is parking one of the last Hercs to have landed for awhile.

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:30pm

IceCube winterovers Benjamin and Kathrin are showing off a thermometer reading from last week, when temperatures in Madison, WI, and many other midwestern areas were colder than at the Pole. 

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