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Science Bulletins: The Cosmic Microwave Background—A New View from the South Pole

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Published on Oct 22, 2012

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
pole.uchicago.edu

Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago
kicp.uchicago.edu

National Science Foundation: Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=OPP

UCLA: Cosmic Microwave Background
www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/CMB.html

NASA Science: The Big Bang
science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-area­s/what-powered-the-big-bang/

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