An Antarctic Connection Exclusive!
The original marker was both designed and fabricated by a 2012 winterover machinist. The marker features the astronomical symbols of the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as the Southern Cross, based on their positions in the sky on the 1st of January. The small copper star marks the South Pole. The large brass star represents astronomy and astrophysics research extending out past the solar system. The marker can be rotated to align the object positions based on the time of day. The motto inscribed above the Moon, "Accomplishment and Modesty" is a reference to honor Neil Armstrong, who passed away while he was making this section with the moon. The underside of the benchmark collectible is covered with a soft felt backing.
These markers are replicas of the original U.S. Geological Survey marker placed at the South Pole annually. The geographic South Pole sits at 9300 feet (2385m) above sea level. The actual South Pole is covered by roughly 9000 feet (2700m) of moving glacial ice therefore these layers move approximately 30 feet (10 m) annually. Each January 1st, the position of 90 degrees south is re-determined and a new, unique survey marker is erected.
* Replica Marker is made of solid pewter
and is 3 1/4 inches in diameter x 3/8" thick.
* Comes with an acrylic stand and a velvety pouch for storage.
* Each has a felted bottom to avoid scratches.
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