Life in America’s Northernmost Observatory: Tracking Climate Change, Learning Inupiaq

An observatory in Barrow, Alaska, the most northerly astronomical outpost in the U.S., has become a key scientific instrument in studying climate change. Established in 1973, the Barrow Observatory is staffed year-round by two researchers who measure and track changes in air quality and weather, while also acclimating with local traditions. Natasha Mozgovaya traveled to Barrow, now officially called Utqiagvik, its Inupiaq name, to see what life is like in one of the coldest places in the world.

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