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Sofia Flying Telescope Gives Unique View Of Orion!

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posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 07:49 AM
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My friends of ATS,

When Hubble is not enough....


A telescope in the back of a modified 747 jet has snapped images of the Orion Nebula at a colour of light no other observatory in the world can see.



The Orion nebula is an important star-forming region




They are the first results from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia), designed to capture colours blocked by Earth's atmosphere.

The images show the star-forming region in unprecedented clarity.

Further study could yield insight into stars that are just lighting up, one of astronomy's "holy grails".

The results were presented at the American Astronomical Society's annual meeting in Seattle, US.



The airborne observatory can view light in the deep infrared




"The real unique thing is that you have a platform you can change out instruments on," said Terry Herter, an astronomer at the University of Cornell, and lead scientist on Sofia's first science mission known as Forcast (Faint Object Infrared Camera for the Sofia Telescope).



Sofia's mid-infrared view of the Orion Nebula compared with the views of the Hubble Space Telescope (left - at visible wavelengths) and the European Southern Observatory (middle - at near-infrared wavelengths).


"But right out of the box, without most of the motion compensation equipment turned on, we were getting image qualities that were pretty close to the best you can get for a telescope of that size."


BBC

Related link showing fantastic video

NASA

Be safe be well

Spiro





edit on 23-1-2011 by Spiro because: add link




posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 08:17 AM
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So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 08:37 AM
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My friend,


Originally posted by DonnaLynn
So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!


Isnt she just


Your very welcome, glad you admired this


Be safe be well

Spiro



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 09:07 AM
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Did NASA make use of the perfect timing to help spread them chemtrails?
I kid.. Interesting pics nonetheless



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 10:38 AM
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My friend,


Originally posted by OneLife
Did NASA make use of the perfect timing to help spread them chemtrails?
I kid.. Interesting pics nonetheless


You just never know


Be safe be well

Spiro



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 11:30 PM
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Neat.
I'll add this to my list of "tracked" observatories.




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