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Archive of past News & Updates | SOFIA Science Results List

  • SOFIA in the Right Place at the Right Time for Pluto Observations SOFIA in the Right Place at the Right Time for Pluto Observations In a special celestial event visible only from the Southern Hemisphere, Pluto passed directly between a distant star and the Earth on the morning of June 30, New Zealand time (June 29 in the U.S.). (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA Begins 2015 Southern Hemisphere Science Flights SOFIA Begins 2015 Southern Hemisphere Science Flights SOFIA departed from Christchurch, New Zealand at 6:20 pm local time June 19 for the first of 15 planned Southern Hemisphere deployment science flights. (click image for more information)
  • Sagittarius A East Supernova Remnant Sagittarius A East Supernova Remnant SOFIA data reveal warm dust (white) surviving inside a supernova remnant. The SNR Sgr A East cloud is traced in X-rays (blue). Radio emission (red) shows expanding shock waves colliding with surrounding interstellar clouds (green). (click image for more information)
  • The Sgr A East H II Complex at the Galactic Center The Sgr A East H II Complex at the Galactic Center SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR image of the Sagittarius A East region in the Galactic Center at wavelengths of 19.7 (blue), 31.5 (green), and 37.1 microns (red). The locations of faint infrared sources FIRS 1 & 2 are given by the yellow crosses. (click image for more information)
  • Ionized Carbon at the Center of Galaxy IC 342 Ionized Carbon at the Center of Galaxy IC 342 SOFIA/GREAT ionized carbon [CII] spectrum (green) toward galaxy IC 342's nucleus, compared with spectra of CO molecular lines obtained by the BIMA and JCMT telescopes. (click image for more information)
  • GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission at 63.2 microns (4.74 THz) toward the center of planetary nebula NGC 7027. (click image for more information)

     

 

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