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Another view of the southern lights (Aurora Australis) from 40,000 feet last week. #NASAbeyond Photo: Ola Thorsen
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New Zealand author and photographer Mark Gee was on hand to welcome us to Christchurch on June 7.
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NASA and +DLR, German Aerospace Center  extended their agreement to continue observations until the end of 2020. http://go.nasa.gov/1RTl2rk
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Visible and infrared images of the constellation Orion. The visible image shows clouds of dust & gas, but the infrared image shows stars forming inside these clouds. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/20kvenf ‪#‎NASAbeyond‬
A mid-infrared mosaic image from SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) offers new information about processes of star formation in and around the nebula Messier 42 in the constellation Orion. The image data were acquired using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope, or FORCAST, (principal investigator Terry Herter, Cornell University) during SOFIA’s Short Science 1 observing program in December 2010.
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Good morning from @NASAArmstrong! #NASAbeyond   #mondaymotivation  
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Infrared view of the W-3 star-forming region in the constellation Perseus. The arrow indicates a bubble cleared in the nebula by wind and radiation from the most massive newborn star in the cluster. http://go.nasa.gov/1T8R30g #NASAbeyond
This mid-infrared image of the W3A star cluster in the inset was captured by the FORCAST camera on the SOFIA flying observatory in 2011.
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Sunset in Christchurch. Don't let the clear skies fool you, it is winter down here!
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Sunset in Christchurch last night with the airport tower lit up in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Orlando. Photo by Matt Hayes
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We found water vapor in a young star in an unexpected location. More: http://go.nasa.gov/28luzmV #NASAbeyond  
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We're gearing up to return for more Southern Hemisphere observing from Christchurch, New Zealand! #FlashbackFriday  
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We spent last night at 40,000 feet analyzing how stars form. #NASAbeyond  
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The two 747s of +NASA Armstrong in one photo: SOFIA and retired Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).
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SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.
Introduction
SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches).
Studying the universe at infrared wavelengths SOFIA is capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes.
SOFIA is an 80%/20% partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
SOFIA is based at NASA's Armstrong Science And Aircraft Integration Facility
in Palmdale, California. Its Science Center is located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.