Week 45 at the Pole

Last week, there were a lot of “firsts” for IceCube’s two new winterovers, Moreno and Celas. One of these firsts was doing snow measurements at all the IceCube surface stations, a task done in the summer season when you can see what you’re doing outside. Martin and Josh showed them the ropes as they all […]

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Week 44 at the Pole

Last week, Moreno Baricevic and Wenceslas “Celas” Marie-Sainte, IceCube’s two new winterovers for the 2021-2022 season, arrived at the South Pole. They appear in the image above along with Josh Veitch-Michaelis and Martin Wolf, IceCube’s outgoing winterovers. This changing of the guard happens every year, but timing doesn’t always allow for a group-of-4 photo. Before […]

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IceCube back at holiday light display in Madison, WI

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), a research center that is part of UW–Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and headquarters for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, is back at the Holiday Fantasy in Lights event in Madison, Wisconsin! WIPAC participated in the annual holiday exhibit for the first time last year with […]

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Week 43 at the Pole

The IceCube detector may have been quiet, but there was plenty of other activity last week at the Pole.  First up, shoveling snow. IceCube winterovers tackled the mounds of snow that had accumulated on the steps and platforms outside the IceCube Lab.  Above is the “after” photo, below is the same spot only a week […]

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IceCube-Gen2 convenes to kick-off technical design report

The IceCube-Gen2 Collaboration recently wrapped up a weeklong kick-off meeting to formalize a technical design report for the project. With over 100 participants and 50 talks, the interdisciplinary workshop brought together scientists and engineers from around the world to discuss the status of design and performance requirements that will lay the foundation for IceCube-Gen2’s technical […]

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Week 42 at the Pole

Another plane arrived at the Pole last week to refuel before continuing on to McMurdo Station. This one, however, departed with a couple of additional passengers. Two of the 39 winterovers who have been isolated at the South Pole station for the past nine months boarded that plane as the first leg of their journey […]

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IceCube conducts a search for multiple flaring episodes from neutrino sources with 10 years of data

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a peculiar telescope located in the ice of the South Pole, was built to detect mysterious particles called neutrinos that come from outer space. To pinpoint their cosmic sources, IceCube researchers look for unexpected excesses of neutrinos coming from localized directions in the sky. In a paper published in 2020, IceCube […]

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Week 41 at the Pole

What started out as a relatively quiet week at the Pole ended with some excitement. First, there was an incoming flight. After eight months of isolation, these were the first visitors to arrive at the station. But they only stopped briefly to refuel on their way from Rothera Research Station to McMurdo Station. Since outdoor […]

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