How Cold is Minus 160 Degrees Celsius?

Ever wondered how cold minus 160 degrees feels when you’re having a full body cryotherapy treatment?

We know ourselves that -160°C is extremely cold when you venture out to the shops. For a start, the lowest temperature ever recorded on planet Earth was −89.2°C on Antarctica. That was recorded on the Soviet Vostok station on the chilly continent. Therefore, for three minutes in a cryosauna, you are freezing your nether regions off at a temperature twice that reading from the 21 July 1983.

If you’re returning to the pitch after injury (and some cryotherapy treatment), it is an unbelievable thought. The only part of the universe that is as cold as this is our neighbour.

The Moon.

On the dark side of the Moon, temperatures are around minus 160 degrees Celsius. Exposed to the sunlight, it is 120 degrees Celsius. Slightly more than the boiling point of hot water. In deep space, the temperatures are almost twice as cold as our cryosaunas: minus 240 to 260 degrees Celsius.

The International Space Station can also amass surface temperatures of 260 degrees Celsius when exposed to the sun’s rays. In the shade, slightly below -100 degrees Celsius.

At minus 160 degrees, the dark side of the Moon image by Dotted Yeti (via Shutterstock).
The dark side of the Moon has surface temperatures equal to three minutes of full body cryotherapy. Image by Dotted Yeti (via Shutterstock).

CryoAction, 27 March 2017.