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Airborne Observatory Reveals Mystery Of Star Formation
2013-04-17 11:52:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from an airborne observatory, NASA researchers have discovered new details on how massive stars form within a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. An emerging star known as G35 has been observed forming in an orderly process similar to the one undergone by smaller stars like our sun, according to the scientists´ report in the Astrophysical Journal. Lead author Yichen Zhang said the observations of G35 made...

AAA Educators Fly on NASA's SOFIA Airborne Observatory
2013-02-15 08:35:24

NASA The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) educators returned safely to Earth, landing in Palmdale, Calif. early in the morning Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA´s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. That flight launched the AAA program´s first full year of operations, during which 26 educators from classrooms and science centers across the United States will fly on SOFIA as partners with scientists...

SOFIA Received Upgrades Integrating Telescope Onboard Command And Control Systems
2012-12-05 14:07:06

NASA NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft has recently received major upgrades to its observatory and avionics systems that will significantly improve the systems' efficiency and operability. The new SOFIA hardware and software upgrades fully integrate the telescope with the observatory's command and control system, according to acting SOFIA Deputy Program Manager Michael Toberman. Enhanced pointing and tracking capabilities have been integrated based...

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2012-08-31 22:12:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers will soon be getting the chance to peer through a telescope that will be flying high above the city lights. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012, and extending through December 2013. SOFIA is a modified 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with a diameter of 100 inches to altitudes above 39,000 feet, which is...

2012-04-19 11:56:43

The Astrophysical Journal, a leading professional astronomy research publication, will issue a special edition of its Letters volume on April 20 with papers about observations made with NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne telescope. SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter reflecting mirror that conducts astronomy research not possible with ground-based telescopes. By operating in the...

2012-04-18 11:04:25

NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera (HAWC), will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community. The upgrade involves two proposals that will allow the observatory to measure the structure and strength of magnetic fields in diverse objects throughout the universe, such as star-forming clouds...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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