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Paper: Site testing Antarctica for astronomy
Volume: 73, Airborne Astronomy Symposium on the Galactic Ecosystem: From Gas to Stars to Dust
Page: 559
Authors: Burton, Michael G.
Abstract: The Antarctic Plateau provides the preeminent sites on the surface of the Earth for many types of astronomical observation. We have embarked on a site testing program to quantify the ultimate sensitivity levels achievable. The program is now in operation at the South Pole, where an infrared sky brightness monitor and micro-thermal temperature sensors have been deployed. We plan to extend these measurements, first at the Pole, and then to the highest parts of the plateau, Domes Argus and Circe. The latter will involve adapting an 'automated geophysical observatory,' a mobile laboratory designed for autonomous operation on the plateau, for astrophysical purposes.
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