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  • SOFIA Team Home After Observing the Southern Skies SOFIA Team Home After Observing the Southern Skies NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has returned from a six-week deployment to study portions of the universe visible only from Earth's Southern Hemisphere. The flying observatory was based at the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program facility at Christchurch International Airport from June 15 to July 24. (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument Call for Proposals SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument Call for Proposals NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of a SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument via an Amendment to ROSES-2015. Step-1 proposals (2 pages) are due August 19; full Step-2 proposals (up to 25 pages) are due October 7. NASA will host a pre-proposal teleconference on July 23. (click image for more information)
  • 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 Observes an Extrasolar Planet SOFIA Observes an Extrasolar Planet SOFIA/HIPO light curve of extrasolar 'hot Jupiter' planet HD 189733b transiting in front of its parent star. The blue curve in the upper panel is a model fit; the lower panel shows residuals relative to the model. (Angerhausen et al. 2015) (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)

     

 

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