Science from the Stratosphere: On board NASA's flying observatory

Presenter: Dr Stuart Ryder, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019 to Tuesday, 16 July 2019
  • Time: 07:00PM to 08:30PM
  • Location: C2, University of Canterbury, Central Lecture Theatres
  • Ticket: Free $0

Like some confused migratory bird, a NASA jumbo jet leaves its sunny home in the California desert every year to spend the winter in Christchurch. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a heavily-modified Boeing 747SP aircraft with a 2.5 metre telescope located inside the rear-half of the fuselage.

Join astronomer Stuart Ryder as he explains why making astronomical observations from 45000 feet is worth the effort, and experience what it's like to fly with NASA on board SOFIA.

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