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Archive of past News & Updates | SOFIA Science Results List

  • SOFIA Begins Its Fourth Annual Cycle of Science Flights SOFIA Begins Its Fourth Annual Cycle of Science Flights The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, began its fourth annual cycle of science flights on February 3, 2016. (click image for more information)
  • Novae create and scatter elements for new Earth-like planets Novae create and scatter elements for new Earth-like planets "SOFIA/FORCAST Grism Spectra of Classical Novae,” talk by Bob Gehrz (U. Minnesota) during the SOFIA special session at the Jan. 2016 AAS meeting. (click image for more information)
  • Rapid mass loss from Betelgeuse poses a puzzle Rapid mass loss from Betelgeuse poses a puzzle “Probing the Extended Atmosphere and Wind of Betelgeuse with SOFIA/EXES,” talk by Graham Harper (U. Colorado) during the SOFIA special session at the Jan. 2016 AAS meeting. (click image for more information)
  • Epsilon Eridani debris disk shows signs of sculpting by planets Epsilon Eridani debris disk shows signs of sculpting by planets “Nature of the Warm Excess in Epsilon Eridani: Asteroid belt or Dragged-in Grains?” talk by Kate Su (U. Arizona) during the SOFIA special session at the Jan. 2016 AAS meeting. (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA observations of Pluto occultation complement New Horizons data SOFIA observations of Pluto occultation complement New Horizons data “Pluto's Atmosphere from the 29 June 2015 Occultation: SOFIA Airborne Results,” talk by Michael Person (MIT) during the SOFIA special session at the Jan. 2016 AAS meeting. (click image for more information)
  • NASA SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument Selection Enters Final Phase NASA SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument Selection Enters Final Phase The competition to develop a third generation instrument for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has been narrowed to two proposed instruments. Over the course of the next few months, the two proposal teams will work to produce detailed concept studies. (click image for more information)
  • Ionized H<sub>2</sub>D observations give an age of one million years for a cloud core forming Sun-like stars Ionized H2D observations give an age of one million years for a cloud core forming Sun-like stars Observed and modeled H2D+ spectra using APEX/FLASH and SOFIA/GREAT towards a protostar core IRAS 16293-2422. The observed ortho/para H2D+ ratio sets a limit on the age of the cloud core of less than one million years (Brünken et al. 2014, Nature, 13924) (click image for more information)
  • Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, participates in SOFIA science flight Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, participates in SOFIA science flight Rector of the University of Stuttgart Prof. Wolfram Ressel plus other German VIPs were official guests on the Oct. 27 SOFIA science flight. (click image for more information)

     

 

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