On May 31, 2019, the SOFIA program released two Calls for Proposals with three types of proposal opportunities: one Call for regular proposals, and a separate Call for both the SOFIA Legacy Program (SLP) and the new SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP). Funding is available for Guest Observers with affiliations in the U.S.; the total available Guest Observer funding available for Cycle 8 is expected to be approximately $3M for regular proposals, $2M per year for SLP proposals, and $300k for SARP proposals.
The Calls were issued on behalf of NASA by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). There will be a formal update to the Call for Proposals on July 20, 2019 and the deadline for submitting proposals is September 6, 2019, 21:00 PDT (September 7, 2019, 4:00 UTC).
SOFIA Science on Tour will conclude with a proposal tool webinar on Friday, August 9, 2019. Participants will be led through guided examples and have the chance to ask questions live while learning how to use SOFIA’s tools to submit proposals. More information coming soon.
In June 2019, the Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL) released a Special Issue providing analysis of several SOFIA studies that have yielded exciting results, including among others a new insight on the age of the galactic center HII region Srg B1, detailed imaging of the nearby galaxy M 51, and an upper limit to the total amount of water emitted from the recently discovered water plumes on Jupter’s moon Europa. The Special Issue can be downloaed here. Topics include the following:
The Highly Polarized Dusty Emission Core of Cygnus A
High Spectral Resolution Observations toward Orion BN at 6 μm: No Evidence for Hot Water
The Close AGN Reference Survey (CARS): SOFIA Detects Spatially Resolved [C ii] Emission in the Luminous AGN HE 0433-1028
Gemini, SOFIA, and ATCA Reveal Very Young, Massive Protostars in the Collapsing Molecular Cloud BYF 73
SOFIA FIFI-LS Observations of Sgr B1: Ionization Structure and Sources of Excitation
Infrared Detection of Abundant CS in the Hot Core AFGL 2591 at High Spectral Resolution with SOFIA/EXES
High-resolution SOFIA/EXES Spectroscopy of SO2 Gas in the Massive Young Stellar Object MonR2 IRS3: Implications for the Sulfur Budget
A SOFIA Survey of [C ii] in the Galaxy M51. I. [C ii] as a Tracer of Star Formation
SOFIA Far-infrared Imaging Polarimetry of M82 and NGC 253: Exploring the Supergalactic Wind
A Search for Water Vapor Plumes on Europa using SOFIA
JAI Special Issue
Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation Special Issue featuring SOFIA!
The Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation (JAI) Special Issue featuring SOFIA was released in December 2018. The Special Issue is a compilation of in-depth reports and analysis on the telescope and its instrument suite that are extremely useful for those wanting to learn about the observatory. The Special Issue can be downloaded here. Topics include the following:
Overall technical advancements since the observatory reached full operational capacity, and a detailed report on the of the SOFIA instruments.
An Overview of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Since Full Operation Capability
SOFIA at Full Operation Capability: Technical Performance
The SOFIA Telescope in Full Operation
Increasing the SOFIA Secondary Mirror Mechanism’s Fast Steering Capability by Identification of a Structural Resonance and Its Subsequent Elimination Through Mass Re-Distribution
Image Size and Control System Developments of the Airborne Telescope SOFIA
A Review of Science Ground Operations for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
SOFIA Flight Planning and Execution
The SOFIA Focal Plane Imager: A Highly Sensitive and Fast Photometer for the Wavelength Range 0.4 to 1 Micron
EXES: The Echelon-cross-echelle Spectrograph for SOFIA
FIFI-LS: The Field-Imaging Far-Infrared Line Spectrometer on SOFIA
Spectral and Spatial Characterization and Calibration of FIFI-LS — The Field Imaging Spectrometer on SOFIA
HAWC++, the Far-Infrared Camera and Polarimeter for SOFIA
The upGREAT Dual Frequency Heterodyne Arrays for SOFIA
SOFIA-HIRMES: Looking Forward to the HIgh-Resolution Mid-infrarEd Spectrometer
Eddie Zavala, NASA
SOFIA Program Manager
Harold Yorke, USRA
Science Mission Operations Director