Week 32 at the Pole

Winter skies and auroras seen through row of large antenna structures in the foreground.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF

Time flies—they’re starting to talk about the Sun’s reappearance at the Pole. Below is a photo from last week that serves as a preview of what’s to come—but it was a long exposure photo so it appears much brighter in the image than it actually was. They were still enjoying auroras last week though, as evident from the image above, taken with SuperDARN antennas in the foreground. Further below, the lingering winter skies show plenty of stars above the flags of the ceremonial South Pole.

Last week the station was also busy with the Winter International Film Festival of Antarctica (WIFFA). They participated in the 48-hour challenge, in which all stations involved receive the same list of five elements to incorporate into a 5-minute film, with the final film ready for screening by the end of the 48-hour period. You can find past winners here. That’s IceCube winterover Hrvoje in the bottom photo enjoying some refreshing “neutrinos” in a teaser scene from this year’s film.

Beginnings of faint light on the horizon, pre-sunset at the South Pole.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
Starry sky above flags flapping in the wind at ceremonial South Pole.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
Close-up of person about the drink from can that partially shows NEUTRINOS on the label.
Jeff Capps, Amentum