The 2019 Pole Marker

Pole marker unveiled 1 January 2019
This marker was publicly revealed on 1 January 2019...another different concept! (RC)

the 2019 marker from another angle
Another look...(@SPT)

the other side of the Pole marker
...and a glimpse of the other side (RD).

Each winter, the winterovers are invited to submit designs for the new marker to be unveiled the following New Years Day. The submitted designs are then voted on by the group. The design selected by the 2018 winterovers was created AND fabricated by Australian machinist Steele Diggles. The design is inspired by the central role of astronomy and cosmology science at the South Pole...exemplified by the motto "From the ice to the stars...and beyond." And in case you were wondering, the telescope marker is pointed toward...the telescopes in the dark sector.

passing the flag and marker
Traditionally, the ceremony of moving the marker begins with passing the new (still veiled) marker and the American flag from the 2018 marker location to the new one (RD).
passing the flag and marker
Here, after moving around a long loop of Polies, the new marker and flag approach the new location at the Geographic South Pole sign (@SPT).
Wayne White waiting at the new location
At the end of the line, winter site manager Wayne White awaits the marker. He's dressed in a wolfskin coat similar to that worn by Roald Amundsen when he showed up back in the day (RD).
the new marker location
At the end of the line next to Wayne is station manager Bill Coughran. Behind Wayne is one of the air intake vents at the upwind end of the LO arch (RD).
preparing to reveal the marker
Wayne is getting ready for the reveal (RD).
revealing the marker
TADA! (@SPT)
Wayne holds the marker high for all to see
Wayne holds the marker high for all to see (RD).
emplanting the marker
And the new marker is implanted at the geographic Pole location (RD).

the 2019 South Pole marker
Another view of the marker...the stars represent the 40 2018 winterovers, who have signed the top of the mounting pole (KM).


another view of the marker



And one more look; this one shows a better view of the signatures on the mounting pole base (SS).

The above right photo is a graphic reminder of the ice movement. When the domed station was first laid out in 1970...the dome was positioned so that the geographic Pole would be located at the center of the dome in 2020. That was based on the then-current ice movement projection. By the 1980's it became obvious that the Pole would end up somewhere northeast of the Skylab location. Where it will be in 2-3 years.

Photo/info credits: RC is Rachel Cook; @SPT is @SPTelescope; RD is Ryan Dyer; KH is Kathrin Mallot (photo from this IceCube news report); and SS is Sheryl Seagraves. Also thanks to Antarctic Report for this Facebook post!