SOFIA Observing Cycle 3
Announcement of Time Allocation Committee Results
The Cycle 3 peer review process for both US and German queues have been completed. The awarded observation times by the Time Allocation Committee can be accessed here.
Call for German Proposals
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is pleased to invite proposals for its third regular observation cycle which is planned to take place from March 2015 through January 2016.
The official Call for German Proposals document is available for download from this website. It containts all necessary information in order to prepare and submit a proposal for scientific observations during Cycle 3.
Cycle 3 Schedule
The nominal schedule for the Cycle 3 observing program is as follows:
|May 29, 2014||Release of Call for German Proposals.|
|June 20, 2014||Call for Proposals update|
|July 18, 2014, 23:59 CEST||Proposal Submission deadline|
|October 2014||Proposal Selections Announced|
|Mar 2015 - Jan 2016||Cycle 3 observing period|
Reserved Observations Catalogs (ROCs)
Summary tables containing the reserved observations for each instrument are included as appendices in the Call for Proposals. Generally, these may not be proposed for in Cycle 3. The policies are described in Section 1.7.1 of the Call for Proposals document.
Duplications of existing observations, or of observations approved for Cycle 2 but not yet executed, need to be justified explicitly. Proposers should search the SOFIA Science Archive for completed observations and the AOR Search page for approved Cycle 2 observations to check for potential duplications. A few GREAT observations obtained during Early Science are not searchable by position in the SOFIA Science Archive, and proposers should check this table.The EXES observations obtained during the initial flights are also not yet searchable in the Science Archive, and are listed here.
- SOFIA Cycle 3 Call for German Proposals
- SOFIA Observer's Handbook for Cycle 3
- Overview Paper: Young et al. 2012, ApJ, 749, L17: “Early Science with SOFIA, the
Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy”
Links and Tools
- SOFIA Science Web Page (USRA)
- SOFIA Data Cycle System
- SOFIA Proposal Tool (SPT)
- SOFIA Visibility Tool (VT)
- SOFIA Science Archive
- AOR Search page
- SOFIA Instrument Time Estimator (SITE)
- FORCAST Grism Observation Calculator
- FLITECAM Grism Observation Calculator
- GREAT Time Estimator
- EXES Time Estimator
- Atmospheric Transmission Estimator (ATRAN)