Week 41 at the Pole

Snow-covered sign at geographical South Pole.
Wenceslas Marie-Sainte, IceCube/NSF

So, you’ve arrived at the Geographic South Pole—or have you? The sign might not help much on its own, but now that the sun is out we can see where we are from the surroundings (yes, it’s the geographic South Pole). Below is a close-up view of the current 2022 South Pole marker, which was set in place back in January, but we didn’t get such a good look at it then. Every year the pole marker is reset to designate the accurate location of the geographic South Pole, which continuously shifts due to movement of the ice sheet. It was a relatively quiet week at the Pole—the sun is still low, casting nice long shadows that will gradually shorten in the coming days.

Close-up of top of 2022 geographic South Pole marker.
Wenceslas Marie-Sainte, IceCube/NSF
South Pole horizon with nothing visible except for long shadow of the IceCube Lab (in foreground).
Moreno Baricevic, IceCube/NSF