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Fraser
2007-May-01, 06:09 PM
If you want clear skies for astronomy, you need to get above the atmosphere. At the top of high mountain is good, space is even better, but that's expensive. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/05/01/sofia-makes-its-first-flight/)

carlosmartir
2007-May-01, 11:36 PM
it has been a while...

antoniseb
2007-May-02, 02:16 PM
I'm looking forward to this facility being available.

bigbluestar
2007-May-03, 12:22 AM
I wonder how they deal with the vibrations and turbulance.

Hamlet
2007-May-03, 02:01 PM
I wonder how they deal with the vibrations and turbulance.

The telescope is isolated from the airframe in such a way that the telescope doesn't sense the normal motions and vibrations that would disrupt imaging. See the explanation at the Sofia FAQ (http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Sofia/faqs/sofia_faqs.html#T3) page.

Fraser
2007-May-03, 10:03 PM
You could envision a fleet of these aircraft, with different equipment payloads swapped in and out. I'd love to see a comparison between SOFIA and other observatories, like Spitzer once it's actually operating. I wonder if there would be an advantage flying above the Arctic or Antarctica.

Nick4
2007-Jun-07, 01:55 AM
To me this dosent seem like it would work at all...i meat the bumps and jitters a plan has seems like it would be very hard to focus on something.