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Title: PHOTOMETRY OF VARIABLE STARS FROM DOME A, ANTARCTICA: RESULTS FROM THE 2010 OBSERVING SEASON

We present results from a season of observations with the Chinese Small Telescope ARray, obtained over 183 days of the 2010 Antarctic winter. We carried out high-cadence time-series aperture photometry of 9125 stars with i ∼< 15.3 mag located in a 23 deg{sup 2} region centered on the south celestial pole. We identified 188 variable stars, including 67 new objects relative to our 2008 observations, thanks to broader synoptic coverage, a deeper magnitude limit, and a larger field of view. We used the photometric data set to derive site statistics from Dome A. Based on two years of observations, we find that extinction due to clouds at this site is less than 0.1 and 0.4 mag during 45% and 75% of the dark time, respectively.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)
  2. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States)
  3. School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052 (Australia)
  4. Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy, Nanjing 210008 (China)
  5. Center for Astrophysics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  6. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273275
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astronomical Journal (New York, N.Y. Online); Journal Volume: 146; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANTARCTICA; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; CHINESE ORGANIZATIONS; PHOTOMETRY; STATISTICS; TELESCOPES; VARIABLE STARS