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Plasma Processes in Mars’s Shadow

NASA’s MAVEN mission has given us an in-depth look at the atmosphere of our neighboring planet. What’s happening to the atmospheric plasma during Martian nighttime?

circumgalactic region

Astrobites reports on whether an instrument designed to image low surface brightness objects can help shed light on ghostly structures of the circumgalactic and intergalactic media.

coronal loops

Are sunspots the key to answering the decades-old solar coronal heating problem? Astrobites reports.

SNR CTB 1

In these dramatic images, a pulsar can be seen plunging out of a supernova remnant and taking off into interstellar space.

M82
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Focus on SOFIA: HAWC+

HAWC+ is a unique instrument: besides capturing high-resolution images in far-infrared light, it can also map out invisible celestial magnetic fields.

young stellar objects
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Focus on SOFIA: EXES

With EXES, a mid-infrared spectrograph, scientists have studied sources like young, hot stars and the icy Jovian moon Europa.

NGC 4258
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Focus on SOFIA: FIFI-LS

Science with FIFI-LS, a far-infrared imaging spectrograph, spans everything from star formation in the nearby M51 to jet activity in a distant active galaxy.

SOFIA's GREAT instrument

It was 6 pm and I was boarding a plane for a 10-hour flight — but there were plenty of signs that this wasn’t your typical redeye.

SOFIA

What’s more exciting than jetting through the stratosphere over the Pacific Ocean? Doing so with an opening the size of a garage door gaping in the side of your airplane — while observing the universe!