University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 30 at the Pole

NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros

Since December is a summer month in the Southern Hemisphere, many countries like Australia and New Zealand hold Christmas in July events in order to have a Christmas with a wintry feel. They were celebrating Christmas in July at the Pole last week, but of course their climate is always wintry so maybe it was just an excuse to bake some sweet treats. They made cutout cookies with IceCube designs and a dessert, bibingka, traditionally eaten in the Philipines at Christmas time. Clear skies yielded some great photos of auroras (bottom two), first of winterovers Felipe and Blaise with the IceCube Lab in the background, then of the South Pole Telescope.

NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros