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SOFIA Telescope
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SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.
SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.

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The Northern Lights (also called the Aurora Borealis) as seen from 40,000 feet. We sometimes spot Aurora when our observations take us close to Earth's poles. https://go.nasa.gov/2QyLUoC

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Last night's flight path. We studied celestial magnetic fields in the Crab Nebula and more during this 10-hour flight. https://go.nasa.gov/2MwV16m
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This archive photo shows the telescope before it was coated with aluminum. The honeycomb design reduces its weight by about 80%! https://go.nasa.gov/2CUCdOK #tbt
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Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt, may be cloaked in material that disguises its real makeup. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2QnorXK
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Last night's flight path: 10 hours exploring massive stars forming and galaxies with active black holes. https://go.nasa.gov/2CBnLep
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Astronomers, observing proposals are due today, September 7! Proposals that will enable Ph.D. theses will also be supported. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2QeeMTk
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Did you know you can explore the observatory with a virtual tour? Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2N4flQK
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Calling all astronomers: Observing proposals are due September 7! From the stratosphere, we can study objects and phenomena, like the Omega Nebula, at wavelengths inaccessible to other observatories. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2t8aDGe
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We spent another night exploring the solar system and beyond from 40,000 feet! Last night we studied supergiant stars, galaxies with black holes and more. https://go.nasa.gov/2N2wWZr
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We're studying celestial magnetic fields to learn how they impact star formation. Dust in the galaxy M82 is magnetically aligned along the direction of its outflows, shown in blue in the right image from the Chandra Observatory. https://go.nasa.gov/2PNL339
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