An automated astrophysical observatory for Antarctica

Storey, J. W. V., Ashley, M. C. B. & Burton, M. G., 1996, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 13, 35 | View on ADS (1996PASA...13...35S) | Access via DOI


Conditions on the high Antarctic Plateau would appear to be extremely favourable for a wide range of astronomical research. Before a decision can be made on constructing an observatory, data are required on site conditions at the most promising locations. To enable these data to be collected, a Lockheed Automated Geophysical Observatory is being purchased. This facility will be fitted with a suite of astronomical site-testing instruments, and deployed to several sites on the antarctic plateau. This program will allow a definitive assessment of the site conditions to be made by the end of this century.

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