Week 24 at the Pole

A frame-grab from a real-time aurora movie. Credit: NSF/I. Rees

Last week we mentioned that they were celebrating midwinter at the South Pole, but we didn’t really cover all the festivities. First, there was the traditional viewing of “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror movie about an off-season caretaker in an isolated (also cold and white) location. (A must-see for those who may have missed it so far.) Then there was a brunch, followed by some gift opening, a fine dinner featuring lobster ravioli, and an open mic night in the gym—sousaphone and all. All the Antarctic research stations exchange greeting cards for midwinter—the South Pole station’s card is shown at bottom.

NSF/D. Larsen
NSF/I. Rees