Week 21 at the Pole

The IceCube Lab under the Milky Way with a few red lights on the surface nearby.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF

Some weeks are busier than others, and last week was one of them, at least as far as the IceCube detector goes. There were just a number of issues that seemed to arise one after the other, like hard drive errors and DOM warnings—nothing IceCube’s intrepid winterovers couldn’t handle. But if you’re going to be walking from the station out to the IceCube Lab to deal with things, at least you can hope for good weather, clear skies, and strong auroras. And so it was.

The Milky Way over the South Pole Telescope in the distance.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
Bright green auroras making an S-shape in the sky.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF