University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 8 at the Pole

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF

There’s a beautiful half moon in this image, can you spot it? Well, it is a little small in the photo—but sometimes we don’t notice the moon out during the day because we’re not expecting it. However, we shouldn’t be surprised see it then, since it’s often visible. In fact, the moon is up in the daytime as much as it is during the night. The photo is showing the main entrance to the South Pole station bathed in sunlight. Turn around and you can see the long shadow that the station is now casting on the ground. That shadow will only grow as March proceeds, until the sun eventually dips below the horizon, not to return for another six months.

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF