Week 32 at the Pole

Some weeks at the Pole are busier than others, and last week was one of the busy ones. IceCube winterovers made not one but two trips out to the IceCube Lab. The first trip was planned and entailed replacing a hard drive while also fitting in some inclinometer measurements while they were out there. The […]

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Week 31 at the Pole

It’s getting obviously lighter outside, but thanks to clear skies (and intrepid winterover-photographers), we are still being treated to some wonderful images of the stars and auroras over the South Pole landscape. Above is the ceremonial pole as the sun rises behind the flags. After taking this photo, winterover Martin turned around to photograph the […]

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Week 30 at the Pole

Lots of fun was being had last week at the Pole. First up, there was a trivia night paired with a burger bar, which definitely wasn’t offering standard fare. IceCube winterover Josh ordered up the “Mountain of madness.” Then there was Josh’s dishpit assignment, not normally an event one looks forward to but which was […]

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Week 29 at the Pole

Last week was the annual Polympics—just like the real Olympics, only … very different. At the South Pole, they compete in nonstandard events, where sometimes the rules are arbitrary and people argue about them. (It adds to the fun!) This year, there was the traditional sled pull, in which three team members pull a fourth […]

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Week 28 at the Pole

Lighter days are coming, but last week there were still opportunities to take pictures outside in total darkness, and IceCube winterover Martin cashed in.  Check out these great images he captured at the IceCube Lab (ICL). Above is the ICL, backlit by a strong auroras and angled almost as if pointing up toward the clearly […]

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Week 27 at the Pole

There wasn’t a whole lot happening at the South Pole station last week, which gave time for IceCube’s winterovers to realize their “dark” days are quickly coming to an end. Soon the moon will be out for a while, and shortly after that astronomical twilight will begin. Meanwhile, remember the “Climb to Mt. Everest” challenge, […]

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Week 26 at the Pole

IceCube’s winterovers were busy last week. Although IceCube is a well-behaved detector, it nonetheless has issues arise from time to time that require attention—that’s what the winterovers are there for after all. An update to the detector’s core control software last week resulted in some hiccups to the detector’s uptime, but all was resolved in […]

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Week 25 at the Pole

Let’s start with the food. Last week at the Pole, they were frying up donuts—using a Paul Hollywood recipe from “The Great British Bake Off.” They made almost 70 (!) of them, because, you know…donuts. During the week, the IceCube detector had been fairly quiet. The winterovers take turns getting paged to deal with detector […]

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Week 24 at the Pole

Finally, midwinter has arrived!  Midwinter is widely celebrated across Antarctica, not just at the South Pole, and has many traditions, including exchanging gifts and sharing a lavish meal. This year at the Pole, the theme for the festivities was 1920s prohibition, with dress and decorations to match, and with a “secret” bar—winterover Josh served as […]

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Week 23 at the Pole

Relatively quiet from the previous week has changed to relatively busy for last week at the Pole.  To start with, the winterovers participated in not one but two outreach webcasts. But they also had their hands full with detector activity, having to deal with various computer crashes and other issues on top of regularly scheduled […]

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