Skywatch

  • July 1, 2010

    Episode 283: SOFIA's First Light

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    The SOFIA Airborne Observatory project, initiated in 1966, has captured its first images. The unusual observatory is a Boeing 747 aircraft with a 2.5 meter telescope. A hole, cut in the side of the fuselage, allows astronomers to point the telescope and view the universe in wavelengths that are blocked from the ground by the Earth's atmosphere.