University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 36 at the Pole

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees

As dawn approaches, the sky is cast in a glow that reflects off the sides of the South Pole station. Inside the station, they’ve begun to remove the window covers that remain in place all winter, there to minimize light pollution for sensitive experiments at the Pole. The indoors immediately take on a different feel, almost as if mirrors are all around, since it’s still relatively dark outside, leaving pale reflections in the now bare windows. Outside, on the other hand, things are brightening up quite a bit—you can see everything all around you. Unless it’s buried in snow, as some of these jamesways appear to be.

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees