February 5th marks the birthday of Argentine Antarctic Base Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6). It was inaugurated on February 5, 1979 and today, is the southernmost of the Argentine Antarctic Bases and the third southernmost of the permanent Bases worldwide.
Located 1,300 km from the South Pole, it has months of complete sunlight and other months of dark polar night, with strong winds and temperatures that reach up to -54˚C.
The peculiarities of this Base make it a privileged scenario for numerous scientific studies, mainly of ozone, magnetism, meteorology, glaciology, terrestrial biology, geodesy and seismology.
During periods of darkness, the latitude of the base also allows the study of the famous northern lights, of great interest to science.
TNX Ministerio de Defensa de la República Argentina