The objectives of the SCAR Scientific Research Programme Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica are to coordinate astronomical activities in Antarctica in a way that ensures the best possible outcomes from international investment in Antarctic astronomy, and maximizes the opportunities for productive interaction with other disciplines.

Latest news item – Oct. 18, 2018, 1:40 p.m.
Call for SCAR 2018 Visiting Scholar (previously Visiting Professor) Applications

SCAR Visiting Scholarships (previously Visiting Professorships) are for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (at least 5 years after completing their PhD) who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute(s) in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring. 

For 2018, both the eligibility criteria and the application process have been revised. The core purpose of the Scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller ...
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Nov 2017 Anisoplanatic error evaluation and wide-field adaptive optics performance at Dome C, Antarctica

The aim of this paper is twofold: (I) to deduce the most representative C_N^2 profile(s) for Dome C (DC), Antarctica, from the latest measurements, and (II) to evaluate the performance of a wide-field adaptive optics ...

Oct 2017 Assessments of Ali, Dome A, and Summit Camp for mm-wave Observations Using MERRA-2 Reanalysis

NASA’s latest MERRA-2 reanalysis of the modern satellite measurements has made atmospheric data easily accessible with unprecedented uniformity, fidelity, and completeness. In this paper, these data are used to evaluate five sites for millimeter-wave (mm-wave) ...

Sep 2017 Stellar variability from Dome A, Antarctica

The Antarctic plateau is one of the best observing sites on the surface of the Earth thanks to its extremely cold, dry, stable and transparent atmosphere conditions. Various astronomical activities are underway there and the ...

Jul 2017 Optical Sky Brightness and Transparency during the Winter Season at Dome A Antarctica from the Gattini-All-Sky Camera

The summit of the Antarctic plateau, Dome A, is proving to be an excellent site for optical, near-infrared, and terahertz astronomical observations. Gattini is a wide-field camera installed on the PLATO instrument module as part ...