SOFIA Public Engagement Presentations

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SOFIA Overview (pptx, 61 MB)


Triton and Occultations (pptx, 2 MB)


Presentation on the histories of infrared astronomy & airborne astronomy by N. Veronico to the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators Cycle 6 cohort, in a web video conference, March 2018

Airborne Astronomy History (N. Veronico) (v. March 2018) (pptx, 6.1 MB)


Talk given by D. Backman at the California Association for Gifted education conference, Palm Springs, February 28, 2016.

NASA's SOFIA: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (pdf, 7 MB)


Talk given by D. Backman at Monterey Peninsula College, November 7, 2015.

NASA's SOFIA: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (pdf, 7 MB)


Workshop on the IYL, Electromagnetic Spectrum and Multiwavelength Astronomy presented by P. Harman C. Clark at the CSTA Education Conference in Sacramento, on October 24, 2105.

International Year of Light: The Visible and The Invisible! (ppt, 12 MB)


Presentation on recent SOFIA science results by D. Backman at the NSTA-West / CSTA conference in Long Beach, 8:00 AM Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Recent SOFIA Science Results (v. December 2014) (ppt, 37.9 MB)


Workshop on the Electromagnetic spectrum, Infrared Radiation, and Infrared Astronomy presented by D. Backman at the NSTA-West / CSTA conference in Long Beach, 5:00 PM Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Cool is Hot: The EM Spectrum, IR Radiation, and IR Astronomy (v. December 2014) (ppt, 10.7 MB)

Education Resources Regarding infrared Light (v. December 2014) (pdf, 141 kB)


Workshop on the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Multiwavelength Astronomy presented by P. Harman at the NSTA-West / CSTA conference in Long Beach, 9:30 AM Friday, December 5, 2014.

EM Spectrum and Multiwavelength Astronomy (v. December 2014) (ppt, 10.4 MB)

Education Resources Regarding the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Multiwavelength Astronomy (v. December 2014) (pdf, 152 kB)


SOFIA ppt slide sets organized by topic, plus complete presentations by E. Zavala, D. Backman, C. Clark, and P. Harman

SOFIA Mission Operations (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 9MB)

SOFIA Science (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 13MB)

SOFIA Telescope Instruments (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 13MB)

SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 10MB)

Airborne Astronomy History (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 22MB)

EM Radiation and Multiwavelength Astronomy (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 11MB)

SOFIA Aircraft History (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 17MB)

SOFIA Mission History (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 18MB)

Active Astronomy Classroom Kit (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 428KB)

Open Door Test video (.mov, 11MB)

SOFIA Overview and Aeronautics (E. Zavala) (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 10MB)

SOFIA and Active Astronomy Kits (D. Backman) (V. Oct. 2012) (ppt, 29MB)

NASA's SOFIA Mission and Cosmic Evolution (D. Backman) (V. Oct. 2012) (PDF, 39MB)

Telescopes and Multiwavelength Astronomy (D. Backman) (V. Oct. 2012) (PDF, 20MB)

Galileoscopes: Explore the EM Spectrum and the Universe (C. Clark, P. Harman, D. Backman) (V. Oct. 2012) (PDF, 9MB)

Astronomy from the Stratosphere: NASA's SOFIA Mission (D. Backman) (V Mar. 2013) (pdf, 25.8MB)

NASA's SOFIA, Cosmic Evolution, and Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (D. Backman) (V. Apr. 2014) (pdf, 5.6MB)

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