Two NSF Instruments at the South Pole to take part in "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" Webcast

South Pole Telescope and IceCube

Keith Vanderlinde / NSF


Researchers at two massive, sophisticated National Science Foundation-funded instruments located at the South Pole will be featured in a global Webcast on April 4 as part of the International Year of Astronomy.

Taking part in the "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" project, personnel spending the austral winter at NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station will explain the research being carried out by the South Pole Telescope (SPT) and IceCube, a neutrino detector which occupies a cubic kilometer under ice at the Pole.

The South Pole Telescope  is funded by NSF and operated by a group of universities that includes the University of Chicago; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Case Western Reserve University; NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Smithsnonian Institution;  McGill University; Colorado University at Boulder; and the University of California Davis.

 Icecube is managed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The live webcast is scheduled to begin on April 3 at 9 a.m. GMT with the telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii before moving westwards around the world.

SPT and Icecube are scheduled for a 7:25 a.m. GMT ( 2:25 a.m. Eastern) timeslot on April 4.

Observatories in 15 countries spanning every continent, as well as 11 observatories in space, are scheduled to participate in the Webcast.

The International Year of Astronomy commemorates both the 400th anniversary of the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei’s use of a telescope to study the skies and the German scientist Johannes Kepler’s publication of Astronomia Nova, a ten-year long investigation of the motion of Mars.

For more information about the International Year of Astronomy, see the U.S. Web site:

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