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SOFIA Investigates Southern Sky From New Zealand
July 18, 2013

NASA's SOFIA airborne observatory is in New Zealand to study celestial objects that are difficult or impossible to see in the Northern Hemisphere...Read Dryden News Release 13-19.

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Some celestial objects are only visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, such as central portions of our Milky Way galaxy, left, plus the two Magellanic Clouds above and to the left of the observatory dome, as shown in this photo taken at Cerro Paranal in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Some celestial objects are only visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, such as central portions of our Milky Way galaxy, left, plus the two Magellanic Clouds above and to the left of the observatory dome, as shown in this photo taken at Cerro Paranal in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
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ESO / Y. Beletsky
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The SOFIA flying observatory is operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. Scientists are observing celestial objects from the Southern Hemisphere including the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, and the Magellanic Clouds.
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NASA / Carla Thomas
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The GREAT far-infrared spectrometer (gold vertical structure in the foreground) is shown viewed from inside the aircraft cabin, mounted on SOFIA’s telescope instrument flange during the observatory’s first Southern Hemisphere deployment
The GREAT far-infrared spectrometer (gold vertical structure in the foreground) is shown viewed from inside the aircraft cabin, mounted on SOFIA’s telescope instrument flange during the observatory’s first Southern Hemisphere deployment.
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NASA / GREAT Consortium / R. Guesten
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