We’ve heard about great distances from one point to another, but do you know what is the farthest point on Earth? In the Pacific Ocean there is a place popularly known as “Point Nemo”, and these are the most inaccessible points of our planet. Keep reading to find out in detail.
According to the National Oceanic Service, this point is 2,688 kilometers from the nearest Earth. The amazing thing about the distance of this point is the fact that it is closer to the International Space Station (ISS) than to the closest human being here on Earth! The International Space Station orbits 400 kilometers (248 miles) above the Earth’s surface, the closest to humans when it passes over it.
To tell the truth, this point cannot be seen, because it is not a plot of land, but an invisible but reference point, far from any direction. It is really far from any pole or island. This remote location on the ocean is located at coordinates 48° 52.6′S 123° 23.6′W.
The point has been officially called out for 3 decades, the intriguing fact that it owes its name to the famous submarine sailor from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and “Nemo” actually means “nobody”. Until the time of 1992 it began to exist, as we mentioned before, this point is just an indication of a very distant place.
How do you know about the existence of Point Nemo?
Harvoji Lokatella, a Canadian topographical engineer, supported by geospatial computer software, considered the fact that the Earth is three-dimensional and analyzed that the farthest point in the ocean should be at an equal distance from three different coastlines.
Oddly enough, in the 1990s, strange noises were detected near this point (less than 1,250 miles away to be more specific). Perhaps the term “bloop” sounds familiar to you, a sound much more powerful than that of a blue whale, at that time it was not known what could cause such a resonance. Uncertainty has led to the scenario popping up all kinds of hypotheses, including some crazy ones like that it was caused by a sea monster. This whole thing fizzled out after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found it was just a giant iceberg disintegrating.
This point is well known by space agencies, because it is planned or used as a graveyard for their waste. According to the BBCIn particular, it was used by the space agencies of Russia, Europe and Japan as a “space cemetery”. “More than a hundred disjointed space objects occupy this landfill where, among other things, fragments from satellites and the Mir space station are located.” In fact, even NASA plans to bury the legendary International Space Station here.
We can say that if you ever wanted to be close to Point Nemo, it would probably be the best way to be an astronaut and orbit the Earth. If you have the heart of a sailor, you better not try it.
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