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Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy

SOFIA is an airborne observatory that will study the universe in the infrared spectrum. The high sensitivity provided by SOFIA and the spectral resolution obtained with the CTS (Chirp Transform Spectrometer) combine in a unique tool in order to address a wide range of topics of modern astrophysics, from questions about comets, planetary atmospheres and the interstellar medium in the galaxy to investigations related to the early Universe.

> Science objectives
> MPS contribution
> Related links
> SOFIA publications by MPS members

Science objectives

SOFIA will be used to study many different kinds of astronomical objects and phenomena, but some of the most interesting are:

  • Star birth and death
  • Formation of new solar systems
  • Identification of complex molecules in space
  • Planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system
  • Nebulae and dust in galaxies (or, Ecosystems of galaxies)
  • Black holes at the center of galaxies


MPS contribution

> GREAT-CTS High resolution spectrometry at 14 Km altitude

Related links

> SOFIA home page at DLR
> SOFIA home page at NASA

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