Announcements

Cycle 8 Calls Released

SOFIA Cycle 8 Call for Proposals timeline

Cycle 8 webpage

Read the Call for Proposals (for regular proposals) here
Read the Call for Proposals for the SOFIA Legacy Program (SLP) and the SOFIA Archivial Research Program (SARP) here
Read the Observer's Handbook for Cycle 8 here

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.

More information about the Cycle 8 Calls for Proposals on the main Cycle 8 webpage.

ApJL Focus Issue

ApJL Cover
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!

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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