Week 14 at the Pole

Clear blue sky changing to orange along the horizon at the South Pole sunset.
Moreno Baricevic, IceCube/NSF

Last week at the Pole brought claims of auroras in the skies overhead. No photos to go with those claims—not yet anyway, but those will surely come in the days ahead. In the meantime, the clear sky (without auroras) was beautiful in its even and gradual gradation from blue to orange along the horizon. And the frosty exterior of the station is seen below softly cast in that waning daylight. But who needs auroras when last week had the excitement of “Carbonara Day,” where IceCube winterover Moreno created his favorite national dish, pasta alla carbonara, for the station’s night shift. He somehow made do without guanciale and pecorino romano (hmm….). As with the auroras, we have no photos of this event, but there were witnesses who claimed it was awesome.

Frosty exterior platform of South Pole station seen in waning daylight.
Wenceslas Marie-Sainte, IceCube/NSF