Sofia airplane-mounted near-infrared telescope achieves first light

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I first wrote about Sofia here last month, and just a few days ago the flying near-infrared telescope achieved first light. The best way to explain how the telescope works is to just view this:



Sofia is a joint US-German collaboration, with Germany investing 80 million euros and the US 700 million, and the telescope itself is German-built. For an article in English see here, which shows the first image it took of Jupiter on the right:

And for a photo gallery with 13 images see here.

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