From IceCube: “Week 32 at the Pole”

IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory

26 Aug 2016
Jean DeMeri

What ever happened to the igloo from Weeks 30 and 31 at the Pole? Find out in Week 32 at the pole:

Hamish Wright, NSF

The igloo—the prime attraction at the South Pole for the last few weeks—is no more. But before “disappearing,” its existence was memorialized in some final photos. Above, you can see it with the names of its builders carved into the side, and it appears to almost glow from the soft white light from within. The next image shows IceCube’s winterovers on the left along with the station’s water plant tech relaxing inside. Some folks took the opportunity to sleep (or attempt to sleep) in the igloo while it was still available—a thrill in and of itself but high winds in excess of 30 knots made it extra-exciting. A massive snow drift under the station entrance’s staircase attests to the ultrahigh winds last week. The last two images show the igloo before and during its ultimate demise. A shame to see it go, but that looks pretty cool. Until the next one!

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF

Hamish Wright, NSF

Hamish Wright, NSF

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ICECUBE neutrino detector
IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. The IceCube telescope is a powerful tool to search for dark matter, and could reveal the new physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature. In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams. IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice.