EAS Publications Series
Volume 25, 20071st ARENA Conference on "Large Astronomical Infrastructures at CONCORDIA, prospects and constraints for Antarctic Optical/IR Astronomy"
|Page(s)||139 - 146|
|Published online||23 May 2007|
N. Epchtein and M. Candidi (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 25 (2007) 139-146
Extra-Galactic Science from Antarctica
Centro de Astrofísica da
Universidade do Porto (CAUP), Rua das Estrelas S/N, 4150-762
Antarctica in general, and the Antarctic plateau in particular offers significant gains for astronomical observations as detailed in this book. Here the prospects for extra-galactic astronomy from Antarctica and in particular Dome C, in the relatively near future is critically examined. It is clear that Dome C will provide a very good site for certain types of observations, and reverberation mapping of Active Galactic Nuclei, observation of transient phenomena such as supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, and wide-field thermal IR imaging of VISTA fields are very interesting topics for a modest facility at Dome C. While it is clear that Dome C promises to offer significant gains for survey astronomy in the near- and thermal-IR and has the potential to be the premier site for wide field NIR And MIR imaging surveys from the ground, I highlight the obstacles both in form of technical challenges and sky coverage.
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