The SOFIA Science Center is organizing the special session 'Assessing the Impact of Stellar Feedback' at the 237th AAS meeting (online). The oral session will be held on Tuesday January 12, from 4:10 pm to 5:40 pm (Eastern Time), with talks by the following invited speakers:
The townhall is accessible to the attendees of the 237th AAS meeting (online).
The US-German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) continues to provide to the international community a unique access to mid- and far-infrared observations with a broad range of instruments. SOFIA is in its 8th observing cycle and will start its 9th cycle in July 2021.
Dust is one of the most mysterious components of galaxies. It not only plays an important role in the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, but also shapes our views of galaxies by absorbing and scattering UV and optical light and re-emitting it at longer infrared wavelengths. Despite its importance, we know very little about dust at high redshifts.
The EXES instrument onboard SOFIA (4.5 – 28.3 μm, R=5000-100000) typically operates during ~ 20 flights per observing cycle, all departing from the NASA Palmdale base. These flights can access a large section of the observing sky, but cannot reach regions with declinations below -36 degrees (and in practice, below -24 degrees for faint sources), which require flights departing from a Southern hemisphere base. For example, a project geared towards trying to study water towards Ophiuchus or anything targeting the Galactic Center.