Week 38 at the Pole

Bright orange filling the sky along horizon behind the tattered flags of ceremonial South Pole in shadow.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF

It was very cloudy for the official sunrise this year. In fact, it was cloudy most of last week at the Pole, as evidenced in the weather balloon photo below, where the white ground blends seamlessly into the white sky. The sun is clearly visible on the horizon in the photo above and the one directly below, both of which were taken the day before official sunrise, so…close enough! It was a relatively quiet week at the Pole. They held their annual sunrise dinner, traditionally a fancy affair in which the galley team goes all out to put together a nice meal. This year was no exception, as the menu offered up items representing all 12 countries that first signed the Antarctic Treaty. But, sigh, no photos this time—in 2015, it was a tropical-themed dinner.

Orange sun on horizon to the right with Dark Sector buildings in shadow to the left, one day before official sunrise.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
Winterover in red parka about to launch weather balloon on very cloudy day, can’t distinguish white sky from white ground.
Manwei Chan, BICEP/NSF
Long view of aisle in food storage warehouse, with tall shelves lined with boxes on both side.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF