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SOFIA is the world's largest flying observatory. It is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter telescope and a joint project of @NASA and @DLR_De.

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#ICYMI: A galaxy's stellar population and black hole are growing at the same rate. This is surprising since theory… https://t.co/fodOQPBhb8🚨 🚨 Deal of the Day Alert 🚨 🚨 It’s our 8th annual #BlackHoleFriday, and we’re bringing you everything you’ve ever… https://t.co/iuQEO0084S
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope🔭Our infrared observations can study star birth without being overwhelmed by the intensely luminous quasar. Rathe… https://t.co/qPFaTahX0Z✨The galaxy is creating about 100 Sun-sized stars a year. 🌌This is forcing scientists to rethink theories on how… https://t.co/dCgIGvsv7zCurrent theories predict a quasar’s intense energy heats up or expels cold gas needed to create stars, stopping sta… https://t.co/q7Yov0NAE2The hungriest of black holes gobble up so much material that it glows as it spins into the black hole’s belly, form… https://t.co/TNn3zF2x2QIt’s #BlackHoleFriday and we found a galaxy that is surviving a black hole’s feast, at least for now. ✨ The disco… https://t.co/w48aUreEkJ
11/27
2020
We’re #thankful for new discoveries. ✨ Wishing everyone a healthy and happy #Thanksgiving. https://t.co/6b2gNRL1XR https://t.co/i0HDBAjuu5
11/26
2020
Wednesday evening until very early Thursday morning, venture out into the chilly air to spot Mars brightly shining… https://t.co/1loJJGVPS7
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11/25
2020
We use infrared light to explore the hidden universe. ✨Learn about ten discoveries: https://t.co/05nfphj89thttps://t.co/PXQQuZ0E8g✈️ We fly up to 45,000 feet to study the universe with infrared light that does not reach Earth’s surface. 🔭 Infra… https://t.co/2amwNfKxSR
11/24
2020
🌖 💧 We detected water on the Moon's sunlit surface. Understanding the Moon’s water helps piece together the histor… https://t.co/NhF5HTrG0T
11/17
2020
Resilience rises. 🚀 The Crew-1 mission has lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from @NASAKennedy at 7:27pm ET and is… https://t.co/lUiHy2meFM
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11/16
2020
On # #VeteransDay, we salute the Americans who are serving or have served in the military, including many of our pi… https://t.co/b4zr2O49FG🇺🇸 On this Veterans Day, we salute the Americans who are serving or have served in the military. Thank you for your… https://t.co/5UnsIpIC6r
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11/11
2020
Science Spotlight: The optical depth of the star formation tracer [CII] has Implications for galaxies both near and… https://t.co/lzFJX0RU93
11/10
2020
We’re saddened by the passing of legendary @Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Earlier this year, he helped us recruit the… https://t.co/Lqyh3o7aXg
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11/9
2020
@DagitTim From Earth, we always see the same face of the Moon because the Moon is spinning on its axis at the same… https://t.co/wcfcViJdf3We discovered water molecules on the Moon's sunlit 🌖 surface. Ice had previously been found in permanently shadow… https://t.co/F8qLZ881l1
11/6
2020
This week... 🌔 An agreement with @ESA to collaborate on #Artemis 💧 Our @SOFIATelescope finds water molecules on th… https://t.co/eURfSrodES
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11/1
2020
🌕 As you look up at the #FullMoon this #Halloween, can you spot the Clavius Crater?💧That’s where we discovered wate… https://t.co/HqulXEQad2Happy #Halloween! This fiendish specter 👻 haunts the center of our Milky Way galaxy. 🔎 The tilted ring is gas… https://t.co/NUnqzSMVNF
10/31
2020
Halloween🎃 treats! A “Blue” Moon 🌕 and water on the lunar surface: https://t.co/sONYzaPW3W #NASAHalloween https://t.co/bC2gGd46StSomething else is out there... New #NASAHalloween posters in English and en español! Dark Matter:… https://t.co/86FUKcQEIq
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeThis #Halloween will have the second full Moon 🌕 of October, a #BlueMoon. Learn about discovering water on the Moo… https://t.co/kw8WlEv7lm
10/30
2020
Our airborne observatory @SOFIATelescope offers a new way of looking at the Moon. ✈️ Mounted on a modified Boeing 7… https://t.co/TG7wuNmWSz
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeWe're live answering your Moon questions! 🌝 https://t.co/oKSInTdCjY🌖Got Moon questions? Join us today at 10am PT for a @reddit AMA with @NASAMoon experts: https://t.co/RgDQiTrAIe https://t.co/iBVYeIh4V5🌖Got Moon questions? Ask experts who are using 🤖 rovers, 🛰️ orbiters, ✈️🔭telescopes, and other technology to study… https://t.co/CzyfaKratx
10/27
2020
💧 🌖 We confirmed there's water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. But this also raises new questions. Ask experts… https://t.co/J9TrFaN1cLWe just announced that - for the first time - we’ve confirmed H2O💧 in sunlit☀️ areas of the Moon. This indicates th… https://t.co/xMsNsxrP5J
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeDiscovery! @SOFIAtelescope ✈️ operated by @NASA & @DLR_de finds first direct and unambiguous evidence of water mole… https://t.co/v5Hjxh2YnN
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope @NASA @Twitter It's all about the bond⚛️ — Hydrogen Bond.Nuestro observatorio @SOFIATelescope ha detectado por primera vez agua en el lado de la Luna iluminado por el Sol.… https://t.co/RLf29GPVEP
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeUnderstanding the Moon🌘 helps us piece together the history of water in the inner solar system and on other airless… https://t.co/8aYKoBDTeXFollow-up flights✈️🔭will look for water in additional sunlit locations and during different lunar phases🌒🌗🌖 to lear… https://t.co/mKRPjXQwuvScientists think the water could be stored inside glass bead-like structures within the soil that can be smaller th… https://t.co/7YVWhXMi0COr the water could be formed by the interaction of energetic particles ejected from the☀️Sun. https://t.co/NcRceOzX8YThe water may be delivered by tiny meteorites that deposit it on impact. ☄️ https://t.co/t0Yr0tN706💦The amount detected is equivalent to about a 12 oz bottle trapped in a cubic meter of soil. But discovering eve… https://t.co/MqO9XcXpaOWater molecules were detected in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth, in the Moon’s south… https://t.co/WuMGFfyoxoWe confirmed water molecules 💦 on the Moon’s 🌖 sunlit surface for the first time! This suggests water may be distr… https://t.co/t6ba7bhTLm💦🌚 Water molecules were found in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth on the Moon! This di… https://t.co/LYvkYXSTf5
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope🌖 We detected water on the sunlit lunar surface! Understanding the Moon’s water helps piece together the history… https://t.co/LvG6CSDh0eWe knew water existed in some lunar craters that never see sunlight. But now for the 1st time, @SOFIAtelescope show… https://t.co/I6qLU2rHvZ
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeWe detected water on the Moon’s sunlit surface for the first time! This suggests water may be distributed across th… https://t.co/Z6rUu0JzTB✨ Happy Monday, skygazers! We’re heading into the week with some fascinating news from @SOFIAtelescope about our br… https://t.co/JyDjqcOwfc
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeJoin us today at 9am PT/ Noon ET for an exciting new discovery about the 🌖 Moon! Tune in live:… https://t.co/oTTLrWf63K
10/26
2020
Join us Tuesday, Oct. 27 to ask questions about studying the 🌖Moon! https://t.co/DJ5fdoT9jL
10/23
2020
🗓️ Mark your calendars: We will be revealing a new discovery about the surface of the Moon from our airborne… https://t.co/bG1A8krvv2
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10/22
2020
Preliminary data show that today's sample collection event went as planned 👍 More details to come once all the data… https://t.co/Da8vynD56h
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeStudying asteroids like Bennu can help us learn more about solar system formation! #ToBennuAndBack https://t.co/OPxwc2v2hv
10/20
2020
⭐ Inside the dusty disks around massive stars are simple organic molecules like acetylene and methane. ⚛️ High res… https://t.co/XFxj4QdW2H
10/15
2020
.@SOFIAtelescope observations will help guide @NASAWebb, by offering new insights into how key ingredients for life… https://t.co/H0qGux3Kzt
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10/13
2020
This fiendish specter lives in the center of the Milky Way, haunting our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. 👻 Our… https://t.co/6qLKZ4ZxFj
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10/11
2020
"Infrared observatories can detect simple organic compounds that were important for the origin of life on Earth, an… https://t.co/91DA90pzIABecause massive star formation is likely a scaled-up version of what occurs in smaller, Sun-sized stars, this resea… https://t.co/wnaK3u2qzQA similar process likely happened during the formation of the Sun and the inner rocky planets of our solar system, including Earth.The inner regions of two massive stars, AFGL 2591 and AFGL 2136, each about 3,000 light years away, are heated from… https://t.co/8KKMHzE20t⭐ Massive stars are like chemical factories, creating water and organic molecules important for life. The swirlin… https://t.co/QhWyNNYSIYQ: Are massive stars 🌟 factories for ingredients to life? A: Yes, yes they are. @SOFIAtelescope, the world’s lar… https://t.co/npnE4zajxS
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope⚛️ We found massive stars that are like chemical factories, creating water and organic molecules important for life… https://t.co/LOvwX03G0T
10/8
2020
For some in the Northern Hemisphere, October is about getting cozy as the leaves fall. 🍂 For others (like us), it’s… https://t.co/bU95c7DJHR
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10/5
2020
✈️It's time for scheduled aircraft inspections and maintenance. Our telescope will get upgrades from @SOFIA_DSI as… https://t.co/xKahdafSjV🛫 We departed for scheduled maintenance at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Hamburg, Germany. ✈️@LHTechnik's 747SP… https://t.co/37rqQe9gvK
9/30
2020
🔭 Infrared light reveals details hidden within dust and gas at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. ✨ This persp… https://t.co/1dV29EJfG1
9/28
2020
#MyExoplanetName name would be GK 052610 d 1. Important to us: Gerald Kuiper, who played an influential role in d… https://t.co/qYomNIwwDp
9/21
2020
Magnetic fields in the low-mass protostellar core, IRAS 15398-3359, pinch inward to create a partial hourglass shap… https://t.co/NFNLbd46I9⚫ First, we captured images of the ring of material orbiting our galaxy’s central black hole. 🧲 Then, we measure… https://t.co/nxYITl12ymBlack holes have a reputation for being super weird cosmic objects. ⚫️ They don’t emit light but can be seen by the… https://t.co/tX3wXR1qdZ
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9/15
2020
Today, we remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroism of first responders: https://t.co/rSL9LCG9xohttps://t.co/WIlSbOV529
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9/11
2020
Wishing you a safe and healthy #LaborDay ☀️ 📸: @SOFIAtelescope https://t.co/5mn2IfCpzj https://t.co/TPazT3hwrD
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9/8
2020
🌀 Magnetic fields are helping create the spiral shape in the galaxy NGC 1068! 🧲 The powerful forces, shown as s… https://t.co/kfwbtEk8vQ
9/4
2020
🔭 Reminder for astronomers: Observing proposals are due tomorrow, Sept. 4 🗓️ https://t.co/p4qWWC8N2v https://t.co/SI0zd6J0gN
9/3
2020
Q: How do astronomers organize a party? A: They planet. @SOFIAtelescope, the world’s largest flying observatory,… https://t.co/ldx0VrhbEG
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9/1
2020
🎶✈️ Guess who's back? @SOFIAtelescope's back, back again! 🎶✈️ The flying 747 returned to its science operations… https://t.co/3kF1IcYWzV
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeOur @SOFIAtelescope returned to science operations with a new series of flights designed to study the chemistry of… https://t.co/P61snLYnuf
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope🛫 🔭 We returned to science operations with a new series of flights designed to study the chemistry of galaxies. De… https://t.co/BN402zUXIV
8/31
2020
🔭 Attention astronomers: There's one week left to submit observing proposals for flights between 2021–2022. 📆 Pro… https://t.co/HBrmLC4ASv
8/28
2020
✨ Dozens of stars are forming in largest star-forming region in our galaxy, W51A. Dust and smoke-like molecules blo… https://t.co/1Ag8FCB0vW
8/27
2020
“I think I may have been one of the first women to leave my community who was not married, and who went abroad, pur… https://t.co/JoxHMJ4wwbMeet avionics technician Andrea Muir🛩️ She’s worked on almost every NASA plane during her Armstrong career, from f… https://t.co/nY15lBcyVL
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescope👩‍✈️ "Once you earn your wings, everyone is equal in the sky.” #WomensEqualityDay Meet Liz Ruth, Research Pilot at… https://t.co/QOKvGi3XBnOur leadership team includes accomplished women making waves in space science and engineering. Each brings differ… https://t.co/awG9TpqqO9Join us at 3pm ET for a #WomensEqualityDay program to celebrate the "Past, Present and Future of Women in Space," r… https://t.co/TR7w1Qp6TW
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8/26
2020
Thushara Pillai (@PillaiThushara) discusses her @SOFIAtelescope observations of Serpens South: https://t.co/qYgHb2nsa5
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8/25
2020
Stars like our Sun form when clouds of gas & dust collapse under gravity. But how does material get from interstell… https://t.co/l4ZRXDERBg
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8/21
2020
The fields, shown as streamlines over an image from the retired @NASAspitzer, have been dragged by gravity to align… https://t.co/nN9kadTumh🧲 Magnetic fields are helping material flow from interstellar space into the Serpens South star cluster — fueling… https://t.co/AghWDWwwop
8/20
2020
Meet James Less, research pilot @NASAArmstrong, who has piloted our F-15, F-18, T-34, B200 King Air,… https://t.co/jZRZpiFqAJ
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeMeet Troy Asher, director for Flight Operations @NASAArmstrong. Troy has piloted our F-15, F/A-18, Gulfstream III,… https://t.co/V5xDxaFH5r
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8/19
2020
@Beane_novelist @NASAUniverse The telescope is on a spherical bearing, which isolates it from the aircraft's moveme… https://t.co/jRfzE83uks
8/18
2020
Our @SOFIAtelescope is the world’s largest airborne observatory. Its telescope weighs about 1⃣7⃣ tons (34,000 pound… https://t.co/GSX2O0Sas6
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8/17
2020
Findings from @SOFIAtelescope suggests that magnetic fields may be strong enough to control material moving around… https://t.co/dvlGDurKMU
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8/14
2020
Astronomers: Are you preparing an observing proposal? Join us for an interactive webinar on August 18 to: ⏲️ Optim… https://t.co/u5I0wF2oVT
8/7
2020
“We’re made of star stuff,” but how does this essential “stuff” get from stars into space? 🌟 Strong stellar puls… https://t.co/4d445o5HYR
8/4
2020
Go, @NASAPersevere, go! 🚀 NASA’s latest rover is on its way to Mars, where it will help us learn more about the pla… https://t.co/qVaLjlxpgW
Retweeted by SOFIAtelescopeWe will always persevere. #CountdownToMars https://t.co/RK0iJBAktZ
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7/30
2020
🔭 Attention astronomers: We're accepting observing proposals for flights between 2021–2022. 📅 Proposals are due… https://t.co/KfBoIQBcun
7/29
2020
The largest stellar nursery in our galaxy is called W51A. ⭐ Dozens of stars that are eight times more massive than… https://t.co/yZ37fKhBeE
7/21
2020

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