Using the power of satellite, scientists have found the coolest point on the planet, more like somewhere from a planet other than our own.
Antarctica is not mentioned as the "frozen continent" for nothing, as its first explorer discovered at the end of last century.
But how cold it could go could not have understood until the satellite age and now new research has identified where the coldest point on the planet actually is according to National Geographic .
The discovery – published in Geophysical Research Letters – was made by a team from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and showed that the point in the East Antarctica is a staggering -98 degrees Celsius.
This breaks the previous record recorded at the Russian Vostok Station near the South Pole which came in at -89 degrees Celsius.
To get a sense of how it would be to be in these temperatures, it would be impossible for you to take more than a few breaths because your lungs would bleed, so why the Russian scientists wear masks designed to heat the air around their mouths.
Descriptive point said study leader Ted Scambos: "It's a place where the Earth is so close to the border, it's almost like another planet." [1
To find the place, the team went through satellite data in eastern Antarctica for several years to find where the temperature was damped low, as while Russian researchers may be on the ground at one point, there is currently no reason based temperature waves throughout this part of the continent.
When data was analyzed, about 100 extremely cold pockets were detected over the land mass, the coldest creature in hollow recesses found in the ice that acts as cold sinks and enters freezing temperatures into them.
It was at the top of the holes where the previous record low temperature was found, and if one were to stand in one of these shallow recesses, the head would be a fr Warmer, somewhere around -94 degrees Celsius.
There are some advantages for these ultrasound conditions, however, as the incredibly clear conditions created in these cold places make them ideal for putting telescopes in.
Looking at the future, it appears that these extreme points are expected to get warmer when climate change progresses, with the expectation that the continent's average temperature will increase by about 3-4 degrees Celsius.