The lowest temperature recorded on Earth may have been logged in Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2010: a reading of 135.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (or minus 93.2 degrees Celsius).
That unfathomably frigid temperature reading, taken via NASA satellite, was part of an effort by American scientists to locate the coldest spot on the planet. Turns out, there are a string of extremely cold spots, pockets of unbelievable chill at high elevations in Antarctica.
Researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported the findings at a news conference Monday during the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco.
They looked at a region of the east Antarctic Plateau and found that temperatures in certain pockets "routinely surpass the record temperature of the previous lowest temperature on record." That was 128.6 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, set at Russia's Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983.