Week 30 at the Pole

An archway of auroras over the IceCube Lab and the South Pole Telescope.
Aman Chokshi, SPT/NSF

Although it is still night at the South Pole, the sun is making a slow rise toward the horizon, and it’s getting close to twilight. Some folks are excited to see the sun again, while others mourn the end of winter. But it will take weeks for the sun to fully rise over the horizon, and it will still appear quite dark outside in the early stages of twilight. So, there’s some time left to capture a few more images of auroras and starry skies before the sun returns. Indoors last week, happenings included a general emergency response rescue drill, celebrations of “Christmas in July” and “Festivus” (more competitions!), and a five-hour game of Risk!

Close-up of emergency response team members in hard hats maneuvering a rescue board through a tight space.
Matthew Davis, NSF
Monitor hung in South Pole galley displaying poster for upcoming Festivus celebration.
Moreno Baricevic, IceCube/NSF
Bright green auroras seemingly emanating upward from the top of the South Pole station.
Aman Chokshi, SPT/NSF