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July 29 – August 4, 2013 / Vol 32, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA

26 Jul 2013, 20:41 UTC
July 29 – August 4, 2013 / Vol 32, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Space Month 2013 Accelerating with Astrophysics and Astronautics
Interstellar perspectives, research and development have the power to shape and enhance Humanity’s long-term future among the stars. The NASA SOFIA airborne observatory is at USA Antarctic Program facilities at Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand through the 1st of August. Nine science flights are being made aboard the Boeing 747SP at altitudes up to 13,700 meters to observe celestial objects visible from the Southern Hemisphere, including Sagittarius A* (the black hole believed to be at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy) and the Magellanic Clouds (dwarf galaxies in our galactic neighborhood). The telescope with a 250-cm effective diameter can image in visible, infrared and submillimeter spectrum. Coming fully online as early 2017 the planned Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii is expected to collect light from the most distant sectors of the observable universe. The Aspen Center for Physics is hosting a Summer Workshop on the Milky Way as a Laboratory for Galaxy Formation July 21 – August 11. Led by Kathryn Johnston of Columbia University the workshop brings together observers, simulators modelers and theorists to focus on how star surveys of the Galaxy can be used to reconstruct ...

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