Heritage of SOFIA – Scientific Highlights and Future Perspectives

22. April 2024

814. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar

Zeit: 22. – 26. April 2024
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SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter telescope. Flying above 99% of the water vapor of Earth’s atmosphere, SOFIA provided the astrophysical community with regular access to the mid- and far-infrared universe. Being an 80/20 partnership between NASA and the German Space Agency, DLR, the project was cancelled in 2022. The end of the SOFIA mission is leaving the astronomical community with no far-IR observatory in near sight, however with a rich heritage of astronomical data awaiting to be explored.

This 814. WE-Heraeus-Seminar will bring together experts and young researchers in the field of infrared astronomy and infrared instrumentation to celebrate SOFIA's scientific highlights, to explore its data heritage, and to discuss and define scientific goals, technologies, opportunities, and also strategies towards future far-IR astronomy and its platforms.

We especially encourage young career researchers to join us in April 2024!
It is your chance to meet the experts in the field, present yourself and start collaborations. The future of FIR astronomy is in your hands.

All participants are expected to present their work (or a science case for future FIR missions) in a form of talks or posters.

The conference language will be English.

See you in Stuttgart!

address of the event:
University of Stuttgart
RZBW (Raumfahrtzentrum Baden-Württemberg)
Pfaffenwaldring 29
70569 Stuttgart
in Mediathek (a large lecture room, ground floor, in the front of the main entrance)

The meeting is funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation

We also would like to acknowledge the support of the AAS Publishing.

The home for your open access research in astronomy, astrophysics,
and planetary science. The AAS journals are devoted to recent
developments, discoveries, theories, and observations, with the aim
of enhancing and sharing humanity’s scientific understanding of the
universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical community.


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