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  • Sagittarius A East Supernova Remnant Sagittarius A East Supernova Remnant SOFIA data reveal warm dust (white) surviving inside a supernova remnant. The SNR Sgr A East cloud is traced in X-rays (blue). Radio emission (red) shows expanding shock waves colliding with surrounding interstellar clouds (green).
  • The Sgr A East H II Complex at the Galactic Center The Sgr A East H II Complex at the Galactic Center SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR image of the Sagittarius A East region in the Galactic Center at wavelengths of 19.7 (blue), 31.5 (green), and 37.1 microns (red). The locations of faint infrared sources FIRS 1 & 2 are given by the yellow crosses. (click image for more information)
  • Ionized Carbon at the Center of Galaxy IC 342 Ionized Carbon at the Center of Galaxy IC 342 SOFIA/GREAT ionized carbon [CII] spectrum (green) toward galaxy IC 342's nucleus, compared with spectra of CO molecular lines obtained by the BIMA and JCMT telescopes. (click image for more information)
  • GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission GREAT high-resolution spectrum of [O I] emission at 63.2 microns (4.74 THz) toward the center of planetary nebula NGC 7027. (click image for more information)
  • GREAT spectral map of planetary nebula NGC 7027 GREAT spectral map of planetary nebula NGC 7027 GREAT spectral map of planetary nebula NGC 7027 in [O I] emission at 63.2 microns (4.74 THz). (click image for more information)
  • Planetary nebula NGC 6543 Planetary nebula NGC 6543 FIFI-LS detection of [O III] emission from the planetary nebula NGC 6543. (click image for more information)
  • Far-IR Orion Nebula Far-IR Orion Nebula FIFI-LS Far-IR spectral imaging of the Orion Nebula. (click image for more information)
  • EXES spectral maps of Jupiter EXES spectral maps of Jupiter EXES spectral maps of H2 emission on Jupiter at 17.0 and 28.3 microns. (click image for more information)
  • Protostar AFGL 2591 Protostar AFGL 2591 H20 detected by EXES in the high-mass protostar AFGL 2591. (click image for more information)
  • Near-IR spectrum of M82 Supernova 2012J Near-IR spectrum of M82 Supernova 2012J SOFIA near-IR spectrum of M82 Supernova 2012J composed of segments from a series of FLITECAM grism settings. (click image for more information)
  • Near-IR image of Supernova 2014J Near-IR image of Supernova 2014J Near-infrared images of galaxy M82 before (left, 2MASS) and during (right, SOFIA/FLITECAM) the explosion of Supernova 2014J. (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA Mid-IR images of Comet ISON SOFIA Mid-IR images of Comet ISON SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (11, 20, & 32 micron) images of Comet ISON. (click image for more information)
  • Quintuplet Cluster Quintuplet Cluster SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (20, 32, & 37 micron) image of the Quintuplet Cluster region compared with an HST/NICMOS near-IR image of the same field of view. (click image for more information)
  • Milky Way Galaxy Circumnuclear Ring Milky Way Galaxy Circumnuclear Ring SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (20, 32, & 37 micron) image of the Milky Way Galaxy's nucleus compared with an HST/NICMOS near-IR image of the same field of view. (click image for more information)
  • Planetary Nebula M2-9 Planetary Nebula M2-9 SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR images of planetary nebula M2-9 (6.6, 11, 20, 24, 34, & 37 microns). The images have been software-smoothed to emphasize faint emission. (click image for more information)
  • Planetary Nebula M2-9 Planetary Nebula M2-9 SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (20, 24, & 37 micron) image of planetary nebula M2-9. (click image for more information)
  • W3 Star-Forming Complex in Perseus W3 Star-Forming Complex in Perseus SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (7.7, 20, & 37 micron) image of the W3 star-forming region inset on a Spitzer near-IR image. (click image for more information)
  • Pluto stellar occultation Pluto stellar occultation SOFIA/FDC light curve (black points) of June 2011 Pluto stellar occultation compared with model fits (red & green curves). (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA/GREAT Observations of Supernova Remnant W28 SOFIA/GREAT Observations of Supernova Remnant W28 Observations of supernova remnant W28 made with the GREAT far-IR spectrometer during SOFIA's Early Science program in 2011. (click image for more information)
  • SOFIA Peers into the Heart of the Orion Nebula SOFIA Peers into the Heart of the Orion Nebula SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (20, 31, & 37 micron) images of the M42 star-forming region overlaid on a Spitzer near-IR image. (click image for more information)
  • W40 star-forming region comparison W40 star-forming region comparison Comparison of W40 star-forming region images at visible (Sloan DSS), near-IR (Spitzer) and mid-IR (SOFIA/FORCAST) wavelengths. (click image for more information)
  • W40 Star Forming Region W40 Star Forming Region SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (5.4, 24, & 35 micron) image of the W40 star-forming region. (click image for more information)
  • Far-infrared M17 Far-infrared M17 SOFIA/GREAT high-resolution far-IR (200 & 158 micron) spectra of the M17 star-forming region, superimposed on a Spitzer near-IR image. (click image for more information)
  • Orion Triptych Orion Triptych Orion M42 region: Comparison of HST visual-wavelength, ESO near-IR, and SOFIA mid-IR images. (click image for more information)
  • Infrared Orion Infrared Orion SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (19 & 37 micron) image mosaic of the M42 star-formation complex's core. (click image for more information)
  • M82 Composite M82 Composite Lower left: Mid-IR (20, 32, & 37 micron) image of galaxy M82's center from SOFIA's First Light flight (FORCAST). Middle image shows same part of M82 at visual wavelengths. (click image for more information)
  • Jupiter and Three Moons Jupiter and Three Moons Composite of SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (5.4, 24, & 37 micron) images of Jupiter and three of the Galilean moons. (click image for more information)
  • Jupiter: 3 Broadband Filters Jupiter: 3 Broadband Filters SOFIA/FORCAST mid-IR (5.4, 24, & 37 micron) images of Jupiter. (click image for more information)
  • Jupiter in Infrared Jupiter in Infrared FORCAST mid-IR image of Jupiter from SOFIA's First Light flight compared with a visual-wavelength image of approx. the same face of the planet. (click image for more information)

     
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