Wintering Over at the South Pole – Extreme Science

What is it like to spend one year at the South Pole? No aircraft for nine months, no Sun for six!

Date: 27 Nov 2018 - 27 Nov 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Room WF 710, Level 7,
WF Building, AUT University,

Two personnel from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, have kindly agreed to give a presentation to the Auckland Antarctic Science Meet Up, 6pm Tuesday 27 November, before they return to the United States.

Meteorologist Janelle Hakala and engineer Rob Streeter are 2018 ‘winter-overs’ at the Pole, they have just completed a 12 month contract with the US National Science Foundation.

Having left the Pole only a few weeks ago, they were part of a tight team of 40 personnel who maintained the Station through the long winter. Only 1551 people in total have wintered over at the Pole, including one astronomer who has just completed his 14th winter!

But there was also plenty of ongoing science taking place.

The South Pole is home to an impressive array of telescopes, including the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the South Pole Telescope itself. There is also significant meteorological research as well as space weather, Aurora and climate change observations.

Janelle and Rob will also talk about life on station, and the challenges of living in such a hostile and isolated location.

More information:

AUT - WF Building Wakefield Street
Auckland CBD
Auckland, New Zealand

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