Astronomy at the Antarctic Plateau
The Antarctic Plateau is a vastly flat, dry, and cold place. Recent studies show that the boundary layer at the Plateau may be as low as 20-30 meters above which images of seeing around 0.3 arcsec can be achieved. This makes the Antarctic Plateau the best place for ground- based astronomy. In addition, the long winter in Antarctica provides unique observing conditions in which uninterrupted observations of variable objects can be obtained for over 4 months. I will present an overview of recent development at Dome C and Dome A. Small astronomical facilities have been installed and some are already in operation. These facilities are opening new windows to the universe through certain wavelength ranges that are only accessible in Antarctica. The Antarctica Plateau provides a unique opportunity for asteroseismology and other observations relying on intensive time-domain coverage, such as planetary transits, GRB and supernova observations.