Week 49 at the Pole

Winterovers at the South Pole are subjected to lots of training—some of it is in preparation before they reach the Pole but much of it is while they’re on site. It’s a small community that winters over at the South Pole, and they are essentially isolated from the rest of the world throughout the dark […]

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Mining for transient astrophysical neutrino sources using IceCube cascades

Still to this day, the origins of cosmic rays—the astrophysical objects that produce and accelerate cosmic rays—remain to be identified. However, high-energy neutrinos, tiny, nearly massless particles, may be the key to solving this long-standing mystery.  At the South Pole, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory occupies a cubic kilometer of ice in search of high-energy neutrinos […]

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Federal physics advisory panel recommends funding next-generation IceCube observatory, other major experiments

A group of scientists tasked with advising the federal government’s investments in particle physics research is recommending that the United States fund a planned expansion (dubbed IceCube-Gen2) of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, an international scientific collaboration operated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison at the South Pole. […]

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Week 48 at the Pole

There was plenty of activity last week at the Pole. IceCube’s winterovers attended a presentation by the Antarctic operations manager, did some maintenance tasks out at the IceCube Lab, and participated in ERT training, which involved a staged explosion in the generator room as a prompt for a mass casualty incident drill. The winterovers received […]

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Download IceCube’s 2024 calendar!

It’s almost the new year, which means it’s time for the 2024 IceCube Calendar! Featuring breathtaking photos taken by our winterovers from the past few years, this calendar will teach you something new about the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the South Pole every month. The calendar is available to download in three different sizes in either […]

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Week 47 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole, IceCube’s new winterovers had occasion to visit the IceCube Lab, a short trek from the main station. That’s Kalvin testing out a pair of cross country skis while he was there. It was a busy week, though, with multiple outings to take snow depth measurements and extend stakes where needed. […]

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Week 46 at the Pole

It’s summer at the Pole, with new people coming and other folks leaving. IceCube’s new winterovers, Connor and Kalvin, are settling in well. They spent time with the previous winterovers on turnover training, which included a trip out to the IceCube Lab, and the IceCube detector remained quiet and well behaved for their introductory week. […]

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Meet IceCube’s 2023-2024 winterovers, Connor and Kalvin!

The time has come for our current winterovers, Marc and Hrvoje, to pass the torch to the new winterovers that arrived at the South Pole last week. As a winterover, individuals brave the unforgiving environment to spend a year—sometimes longer—at the South Pole, half of which is enveloped in complete darkness. Every year, two winterovers […]

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Week 45 at the Pole

Seems like only yesterday when IceCube winterovers Hrvoje and Marc arrived at the South Pole to begin their adventure. And yet here they are, greeting their replacements as they prepare to hand over the reins. Bad weather delayed some incoming flights during the past week, but in the end IceCube’s new winterovers, Connor Duffy and […]

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IceCube back at holiday light display in Madison, WI

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) is back for another year at the Holiday Fantasy in Lights event in Madison, WI! WIPAC, a research center that is part of UW–Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, participated in the annual holiday exhibit for the last three years. The lights will […]

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