Due to impacts to the aircraft’s schedule, all tours scheduled for Monday, January 7-Wednesday, January 9, are cancelled.
AAS attendees will have the opportunity to tour the SOFIA aircraft and learn more about the observatory at Boeing Field, six miles away from the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets may be obtained at the SOFIA booth in the AAS exhibit hall. The tour is open to registered AAS guests. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of citizenship.
SOFIA provides the international community with open access to mid- and far-infrared observations with a broad range of instruments, as well as a unique platform for instrument and technology development.
The Town Hall will discuss several important new developments for the observatory including:
This session brings together the latest studies of magnetic fields in star forming regions and the galactic environment, with a goal of better understanding the role of magnetic fields shaping interstellar matter into the observed filaments, funneling atoms and molecules to enhance star formation efficiencies, and supporting clouds against collapse.
The Local Truth: Star-Formation and Feedback in the SOFIA Era -- Celebrating 50 Years of Airborne Astronomy
A meeting to discuss the current framework of star formation and feedback processes in Galactic molecular clouds and nearby galaxies. High spatial and spectral resolution mid- and far-infrared observations of these local environments, as provided by SOFIA, are critical for a detailed understanding of the key physical processes involved. Such “local truth” is a prerequisite for a reliable interpretation of star formation tracers in distant galaxies.