Researchers have found and recorded the coldest place on Earth using satellite. Located on an ice sheet deep in Antarctica, the area is minus 62 degree centigrade (-144 degree Fahrenheit). According to scientists, this might be the coldest it would ever be due to global warming.
According to Ted Scambos, a researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the place is so cold that it looks like another planet.
The coldest ever place recorded was the Russian Vostok Station near the South Pole which was minus 53 degrees Celsius in 1983.
Just like the newly discovered coldest place on Earth, inhaling the air in such cold weather is a death sentence.
According to scientists, inhaling more than a few breaths of air that cold would cause human lungs to hemorrhage.
The Russian scientists who investigated the former coldest place, had to wear masks that warmed the air before they breathed in.
The Russian weather station was based near the center of a slightly domed ice sheet, though not quite at its apex.
Scambos’s team at the National Snow and Ice Data Center wanted to see if it could get even colder, up higher. And if humans couldn’t make it there to measure temperatures in the dead of winter, satellites can measure surface ice temperatures as they fly overhead.
Scambos’s team looked through several years of satellite data to find times and places when the temperature dipped even lower, which usually occurred in almost imperceptible dips and hollows in the ice.
Above the surface, near human-head height, the temperatures warms up by a few degrees. But right at the surface, where your feet would touch the ground, the temperature could drop to minus 144°F.
Such extreme cold requires a precise set of conditions: it must be the dead of winter, long after the midnight sun set, with still air and a perfectly clear sky.
These conditions aren’t just suited for cold: it’s also perfect for looking towards space. Just a few miles from the coldest spot on Earth, scientists set up a telescope to look towards the stars and the sky.