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Event: [Jul 24, 2017] NASA Sofia Talk (Christchurch, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by Carol, Jul 18, 2017.

NASA Sofia Talk
Posted By Carol

St Ninian's Church
Puriri St, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 07:30 PM
(ends Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:30 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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  1. Carol

    Carol Well-Known Member CAS Member CAS Committee

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    “NASA’s SOFIA - Airborne Astronomy in the Stratosphere”.

    - a little history of airborne astronomy

    - development of SOFIA

    - why we do airborne astronomy

    - how we operate the aircraft for astronomy

    - why we come to NZ

    - some of the astronomy we’ve been doing lately

    There will be time for questions at the end of the talk.
    FREE tickets are available for this event, which is open to the public.
    CAS members, please reserve your seat by ordering a ticket - if we well out of seats, you may not get in !!!

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    Doors Open at 7:00 for 7.30pm start.

    SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. It is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches).

    Studying the universe using only visible light results in a very limited view, as you can see from the two images on the right. Visible light - the light you see with your eyes - reveals only part of the universe. Astronomers observe many other types of "light" to expand our views of the universe. SOFIA is designed to observe the infrared universe.

    Infrared energy is just one part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes visible light, x-rays, radio waves and others. Many objects in space emit almost all their energy at infrared wavelengths. Often, they are invisible when observed in ordinary visible light. In other cases, clouds of gas and dust in space block the light emitted by more distant objects, but allow infrared energy to reach our telescopes. In both cases, the only way to learn about other objects is to study the infrared light they emit.

    SOFIA studies many different kinds of astronomical objects and phenomena, but some of the most interesting are:

    - Star birth and death
    - Formation of new solar systems
    - Identification of complex molecules in space
    - Planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system
    - Nebulae and dust in galaxies (or, Ecosystems of galaxies)
    - Black holes at the center of galaxies

    SOFIA's instruments — cameras, spectrometers, and photometers — operate in the near-, mid- and far-infrared wavelengths, some better suited to studying a particular phenomena, while others are general purpose but capable of acquiring data simultaneously with another instrument.

    NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the SOFIA program along with science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart. The aircraft is based at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Hangar 703, in Palmdale, California.
     
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  2. Bu Windsor

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    How exciting! What time will this be??
     
  3. Nicola Hancock

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    Yes please!!
     
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    Sounds great. let us know time and location as soon as it's confirmed. Cheers!
     
  5. Dale kershaw

    Dale kershaw CAS Editor CAS Member CAS Committee

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    We both will be there
     
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    I'll put the ticket details up in a mo.-
     
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  7. CAS Admin

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    ticket information is now included - CAS members, please ensure you reserve your seat!!!
     
  8. Dale kershaw

    Dale kershaw CAS Editor CAS Member CAS Committee

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    Done. looking forward to a great talk
     
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    As of lunchtime today, seating for this event is 70% reserved. With no signs of sales slowing it is vital that CAS members who are interested in going, reserve their seat as soon as possible.
     
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    Hey folks. (including committee) There are just 13 tickets left until registration is full. If you have not got a ticket, you WILL need one for safe entry to the venue
     
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    4 tickets left
     
  12. CAS Admin

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    Hello everyone. This evening has generated astonishing interest. When we touted the idea, we got 20 people interested, that has now expanded 10 fold. Needless to say it is now a complete sell out with the venue at maximum capacity.

    Please do not travel to the venue if you do not have a ticket, as unfortunately you will be turned away.
     
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