University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 20 at the Pole

Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

It’s cold at the South Pole, no matter how you slice and dice it. And as winter settles in, temperatures go even lower. But in winter, when the skies are clear, everyone ignores the cold and takes advantage of the conditions for outdoor photography. Especially if the auroras are happening, which makes it all the more exciting. Above we have a glorious display of colorful auroras, with the Milky Way clearly showing itself it the sky beyond. One of the red lights in the distance along the horizon is from the IceCube Lab, shown close up below with just faint wisps of aurora overhead. Indoors, it was a weekend of movies and talk of the upcoming midwinter celebrations.

John Hardin, IceCube/NSF
John Hardin, IceCube/NSF
John Hardin, IceCube/NSF
John Hardin, IceCube/NSF