University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 20 at the Pole

Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF

Highlights from last week at the Pole:

  • • auroras
  • • 2017 physics run start
  • • auroras
  • • more auroras

Each May, the IceCube team begins a new physics run, which allows them to introduce any upgrades or improvements to the detector systems before embarking on another full year of data collection. The winterovers work with team members in the north to successfully complete this transition. Last week they also had some other detector work, including retiring an older monitoring system and performing upgrades on an archiving system. Meanwhile, the bright moon had set, allowing auroras to take over the skies once again. And take over they did.

Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF