Community input is sought for far-infrared instrument needs across multiple platforms (balloons, SOFIA, sub-orbital, FIR probes). Bring your knowledge of what science gaps we still have in the far-IR and how we can shape our existing and future platforms to get these measurements. We hope to see you there.
More information at: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~mmacgreg/FIR_SIG/workshop.html
This online workshop will discuss technological options for new Infrared/Submm instrumentation. The focus will be on devices carried by airborne platforms that can be built within the next decade by European institutions, in order to fill the large gap for the astronomical community, until new space observatories for these wavelengths become available again.
When low- and intermediate-mass stars exhaust their nuclear fuel in their cores, they expand and enter the giant branch in the HR diagram. Eventually, some also ascend the asymptotic giant branch (AGB), potentially leading to planetary nebulae formation. AGB stars dominate the enrichment of several of the pre-biotic elements (e.g. C, N) and are therefore critical to our understanding of Galactic chemical evolution. The evolution of supergiants can provide information on open cluster evolution and star formation history.
Attendees of the upcoming 53rd Annual DPS Meeting will be able to attend the webinar: 'SOFIA: data and resources for planetary science', hosted at the USRA booth. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - SOFIA - is the only facility which can access the 5 - 600 microns wavelength range at a variety of spectral resolutions. Well suited to target thermal emission from Solar System bodies, SOFIA already observed a variety of asteroids, moons and planets.