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Fee Waived for FORCAST and HAWC+ Data Analysis Workshop at the 2019 Winter AAS

30Dor at 154 microns

Sunday, January 6, 2019
8:30 am - 5:15 pm PST
Washington State Convention Center, Room 201

Important Update: The SOFIA Science Center has waived the registration fee for the workshop to ensure that all interested students and scientists attending the 2019 Winter AAS have access to this opportunity to get assistance with learning to use SOFIA data.

Astronomers interested in learning how to analyze SOFIA data are invited to enroll in the upcoming SOFIA workshop at the AAS. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with SOFIA scientists on recently obtained, publicly available data sets from polarimetry observations using the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-plus (HAWC+) and imaging and spectroscopic observations from the Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST). 

The workshop will begin with guided tutorials on working with and analyzing public data using SOFIA data analysis recipes. The tutorial will be followed by an interactive session where participants can analyze SOFIA data independently, with assistance readily available from SOFIA scientists. Public datasets like the polarimetry maps of 30 Doradus, recently obtained by HAWC+ will be made available to follow along with the tutorial and for the interactive session.

Register for the workshop on the AAS registration page. If you are already registered for the meeting, you may revisit the registration page to add the workshop.

Register for the workshop​
30 Dor web release
Science Data Archives
Cookbook Recipes

Speakers Announced for the SOFIA Special Session at the 2019 Winter AAS

“The Role of Magnetic Fields and Filaments in Star Formation” 
Monday, January 7, 2019
2:00–3:30 pm 

List of Speakers

Erin Cox, Northwestern University
Jim Jackson, SOFIA
Giles Novak, Northwestern University
Sarah Sadavoy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics​
Ian Stephens, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

More details on the 2019 Winter AAS Event webpage.

Cookbook Recipes

SOFIA cookbook logo

The Cookbooks Recipes contain guided examples of common data analysis objectives using SOFIA processed data. They are written for a graduate student audience and are intended to be used with the Data Handbooks. 

SOFIA currently has three Cookbook Recipes available:

FIFI-LS: Basic Cube Analysis using SOSPEX
Basic spectroscopic cube analysis using the SOFIA python tool SPecturm Explorer (SOSPEX), which displays FIFI-LS and GREAT spectral cubes and allows the user to perform a number of basic analysis routines on them. The cube is shown as a 2D image (spatial image obtained as average along the wavelength dimension) and as a spectrum (sum of spatial pixels of the original cube).

FORCAST Photometry
Performing aperture photometry using flux calibrated FORCAST images accessed through Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) files

GREAT: How to View GREAT Spectra Using CLASS Utility
Finding a sample data set through modifying the baseline fit, averaging, and saving the result in a Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) file using the Continuum and Line Analysis Single-dish Software (CLASS) utility, the standard for single-dish heterodyne spectroscopy data reduction.

...and more to come!

The Cookbook Recipes and Data Handbooks are located on the Data Resources webpage.

Cycle 7 Call for Proposals

For all Cycle 7 major updates, visit the Cycle 7 webpage.

Cycle 7 timeline

Cycle 7 will feature two Calls for Proposals issued by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to solicit observing proposals from the U.S. and international astronomical communities. Proposals for both calls were due Septemeber 7, 2018 and observations are expected to begin April 27, 2019. Approximately 400 hours of observing time are available for regular observing proposals, with $4M in funding available to support guest observers based in the US. Thesis enabling proposals intended to enable and support PhD theses based on SOFIA data will be supported, with highly ranked proposals in this category eligible for up to two years of graduate student support.

In addition to the regular Call for Proposals, Cycle 7 will host a second call to premiere the SOFIA Legacy Program to enable programs spanning two cycles. Each cycle will utilize approximately 50 hours of the 100 total available hours for the Legacy Program for Cycle 7. $1M will be available to support Legacy Programs.

There is an additional call for those affiliated with German institutions administered by the German SOFIA Institute (Deutsches SOFIA Institut; DSI) on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt; DLR) that will offer an additional approximately 70 hours of observing time.

The Proposal Resources page contains all necessary documentation and useful tools for submitting proposals, including the following documentation for Cycle 7:

Call for Proposals
Legacy Call for Proposals
SOFIA Legacy Budget Template
Observer's Handbook
USPOT Manual

SOFIA Cycle 6 Results

Available here.

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