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South Pole Telescope Scans the Skies

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South Pole Telescope Scans the Skies

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South Pole Telescope Scans the Skies

South Pole Telescope Scans the Skies

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The telescope is located in the South Pole because the air is extremely dry there, which makes an ideal, transparent atmosphere for the telescope. Zak Staniszewski hide caption

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Zak Staniszewski

The telescope is located in the South Pole because the air is extremely dry there, which makes an ideal, transparent atmosphere for the telescope.

Zak Staniszewski

Physicists are using the largest telescope in Antarctica to probe the farthest edges of the universe. South Pole Telescope scientists discuss their 280-ton scope, what they hope it will show them — and what it's like to live and work on the southernmost continent.

Guests:

John Carlstrom, physics professor; director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago

Zak Staniszewski, Ph.D. student in physics, Case Western Reserve University