University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 22 at the Pole

Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF

Since it’s nighttime all the time during winter at the South Pole, it can be pretty dark outside, depending on the weather. But with clear conditions, you can get a wondrous night sky. Here we have the IceCube Lab under quite the starry sky, with the Milky Way in clear view and an Iridium flare making a noticeable mark. Last week, IceCube winterovers Raffaela and Johannes had some fire team training that was geared toward the challenges of winter darkness. They practiced harness conversions for fire fighter rescues in a pitch black gym.

Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF