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Rock, Dust and Ice: Interpreting Planetary Data

Online Workshop, 23- 26 March 2021, 8am-11am Pacific Time

How can we leverage multi-wavelength observations, radiative transfer theory and laboratory work to characterize planetary solids? This 4-day virtual workshop will bring together observers, modelers and laboratory astronomers to discuss the interpretation of observations of rocks, ices and dust on and around Solar System objects. A large variety of complementary observational techniques will be featured, via invited and contributed presentations, as well as different methods to constrain solids’ fundamental properties such as composition, porosity, thermal inertia and grain size distribution. The workshop is organized by the SOFIA Science Center, and a special emphasis will be put on mid- and far-IR data. Each daily 3-hour session will include ample time for moderated interdisciplinary discussions. The fourth day will be dedicated to a moderated discussion on databases, archives and public codes.

We solicit contributions for posters and short talks (abstract submission deadline: March 9, 2021), and we welcome attendance from scientists at any career level, especially early career scientists.  The workshop is free but registration is necessary to attend. More information.


SOFIA Begins First Series of Science Flights From Germany

SOFIA will conduct its first ever series of science observations from Germany in February and March, 2021. Many of the observations seek to answer fundamental questions in astronomy, including how stars can transform galaxies and what is the origin of cosmic rays in the Milky Way galaxy. Read the full announcement here.


Observing Proposals Selected for Cycle 9

The SOFIA Science Center is pleased to announce the selection of more than 120 observing programs for Cycle 9 (July 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022). Cycle 9 observations are planned to be distributed over 195 science flights, for a total of 820 observing hours, and with three deployments to the Southern Hemisphere. See the full list of the accepted proposals. Detailed information about the Cycle 9 calls can be found on the Cycle 9 page.


SOFIA at 237th AAS Meeting

SOFIA science was all over the 237th AAS Virtual Meeting January 11-15, 2021! In addition to scientific presentations, the SOFIA Science Center organized several events, including:

More information here.


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