In response to COVID-19, SOFIA observations will be temporarily suspended effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 to ensure the safety of all staff and to comply with state and local county orders. While we are not conducting science observations at this time, the SOFIA Science Center remains active. Services such as data pipeline operations, the helpdesk, and user support are fully functioning. We will provide further updates about the status of the observatory as we know more.
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e-Newsletter Release: Cycle 8 Selection Results
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The Cycle 8 Call for Proposals had an outstanding response. For the U.S. and German queue combined, the SOFIA Science Center received 238 observing proposals. Of these, 47 proposals were accepted as Legacy, Priority 1, and Priority 2, with an additional 44 proposals accepted as Priority 3 and Survey programs (see entire list here). Furthermore, five archival research proposals were received and one was accepted.
The selected Legacy program (PI Neufeld) will span two observing cycles; two additional Legacy proposals were selected as pilot programs for Cycle 8 (PIs Lopez Rodriguez and Stephens). The data will have no exclusive-use period, and hence the community will have immediate access to these high-impact datasets.
Legacy Program - HyGAL: Characterizing the Galactic Interstellar Medium with Hydrides
PI: David Neufeld (Johns Hopkins University) and Peter Schilke (University of Cologne)
Proposal ID 08_0038
Pilot Legacy Program - FIELDMAPS: Filaments Extremely Long and Dark: A Magnetic Polarization Survey
PI: Ian Stephens (Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Proposal ID 08_0186
Pilot Legacy Program - SOFIA Heralds a New Era of Measuring the Magnetic Fields of Galaxies
PI: Enrique Lopez-Rodriguez (SOFIA Science Center)
Proposal ID 08_0012
Team website: http://galmagfields.com/ (including data, tools and publications)
Data Released for SOFIA's First Completed Legacy Program
Cycle 8 Information
Visit the Cycle 8 webpage for more information here.
On May 31, 2019, the SOFIA program released two Calls for Proposals (CfPs) with three types of proposal opportunities: one Call for regular proposals, and a separate Call for both the SOFIA Legacy Program (SLP) and the new SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP). Funding is available for Guest Observers with affiliations in the U.S. (see the relevant CfP for details). The deadline for submitting proposals was September 6, 2019, 21:00 PDT (September 7, 2019, 4:00 UTC).
Astrophysical Journal Letters - Special Issue featuring SOFIA
Download the Special Issue here.
Download the Special Issue here.
View and download the Cookbook Recipes here.
The Cookbooks Recipes contain guided examples of common data analysis objectives using SOFIA processed data. They are written for a graduate student audience and are intended to be used with the Data Handbooks. The Cookbook Recipes and Data Handbooks are located on the Data Resources webpage.
SOFIA currently has the following Cookbook Recipes available:
- FORCAST Photometry
- FORCAST Grism Spectra Series:
- I. Basic Inspection and Assessment
- III. Basic Line Analysis
- II. Custom Spectral Extraction
- HAWC+ Data Recipe with 30 Doradus Publicly Available SDDT Data
- FIFI-LS: Basic Cube Analysis using SOSPEX
- GREAT: How to View GREAT Spectra Using CLASS Utility