University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 35 at the Pole

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

What did we just say about the dawn sky at the South Pole? That it can present quite a colorful display, as evidenced by this week’s outdoor photos. There is only one sunrise per year at the Pole, with the preceding twilight period lasting weeks, whereas for most of us this is a daily occurrence taking place over the course of a few hours, often while we’re asleep. So at the Pole, they experience their sunrise slowly. And although they’re still in shadow, the sky is now bright enough where the winterovers no longer need head lamps and the flag line to make their way from the station to the IceCube Lab.

Last week there was fun indoors, with chess and a couple of movie nights. They also had some emergency response team training, that looks like a bit of fun was added to that mix. And what might have happened (to the photographer) after the last team training photo below is simply left to our imaginations.

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