Week 12 at the Pole

A person in shadow as they are throwing boiling water into the air, creating an arc of ice crystals, in front of the sunset at the ceremonial Pole.
Margaret Hubbeling, NOAA

The sun has finally gone below the horizon at the Pole, not to peek back up again for another six months or so. IceCube’s winterovers spent some time early in the week finishing up outdoor work in the fading light. Although the weather was rather bad last week, there were a few nice hours of clear skies before the sun went down when the winterovers were able to take photographs. That’s Marc above as he throws boiling water overhead, creating a nice arc of ice crystals to frame the setting sun on the horizon. The photo was taken at the ceremonial Pole—it’s hard to see the flags against the dark surface in the image above but they are clearly visible against the sky in the 360-degree image below.

A 360-degree image looking up from the ceremonial South Pole at sunset, with flags and South Pole station visible along horizon.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
The sun setting on the horizon, with yellow stretching across the full horizon.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF