The icy South Pole desert is a harsh and desolate landscape in which few life-forms can flourish. But the extreme cold and isolation are perfect for astronomical observations. Taking advantage of the severe conditions, scientists are using the new South Pole Telescope—the largest ever deployed in Antarctica—to observe the oldest light in the Universe, the cosmic microwave background (CMB).
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South Pole Telescope
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago
National Science Foundation: Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
UCLA: Cosmic Microwave Background
NASA Science: The Big Bang