Week 30 at the Pole

Although it is still night at the South Pole, the sun is making a slow rise toward the horizon, and it’s getting close to twilight. Some folks are excited to see the sun again, while others mourn the end of winter. But it will take weeks for the sun to fully rise over the horizon, […]

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Week 29 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole was restful—finally. No Polympics or other competitive sporting events, no emergency response training, no outreach talks…and a super-quiet detector. The IceCube detector’s uptime was 99.95%, its maximum value given small downtimes required for maintenance and operation. The night skies on the other hand were not so quiet. A major solar […]

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Week 28 at the Pole

With the Polympics now over, you’d think the winterovers might be resting a bit—but not this crew. Last week at the Pole, a number of winterovers, including IceCube’s Celas, participated in a tetrathalon competition with another station. This event had them running on treadmills and skiing outside, which for Celas was only his second time […]

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Week 27 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole it was still “first work, then play.” The “work” entailed more or less routine monthly maintenance tasks and reporting. The “play,” on the other hand, was anything but routine. Last week marked the end of the Polympics, although the Antarctic Games extended for another week. At the Pole, there were […]

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Week 26 at the Pole

First there’s work, then there’s play. Last week at the Pole, IceCube’s winterovers were paged during the night (twice!) and had to trek out to the IceCube Lab for some troubleshooting. Unfortunately, no night sky photos were taken on these trips. But in their spare time, planning continued for this year’s Antarctic Games. The team […]

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Week 25 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole was quiet for the IceCube detector but a bit busy in the South Pole station, where the first planning meeting for the upcoming Antarctic Games was held. Several years ago, the South Pole station inaugurated its version of the Olympic winter games. Since then, they have held an annual “Polympics” […]

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Week 24 at the Pole

Even though they recently had a fancy dinner at the South Pole, last week supplied a reason for another one. It was the celebratory feast for midwinter, which included cocktails and appetizers followed by a several-course meal. Guests were invited to attend dressed for a masquerade ball. The South Pole station has a long history […]

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Week 23 at the Pole

After weeks of intense activity spent on networking activities, last week at the Pole felt like things were back to normal. Normal included some troubleshooting work and data integration test runs, but there were some quiet times during the week as well. Was it cold outside? Of course it was (it’s not only the South […]

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Week 22 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole, IceCube’s winterovers spent much of their time on a major troubleshooting task. Wait…wasn’t that the previous week? Well, sometimes issues can take a while to iron themselves out. Even with continued troubleshooting work, the winterovers had time last week for other station activities, like power plant watch and emergency response […]

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Week 21 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole, IceCube’s winterovers spent much of their time on a major troubleshooting task. It kept them busy, too busy to take many photos apparently, even though their work required several trips out to the IceCube Lab (ICL) under clear starry skies filled with auroras. Thanks to fellow winterover Aman Chokshi, we […]

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