The most recent flight of our SOFIA flying observatory brought the team so far south that they spotted the southern lights, also known as Aurora Australis. The Milky Way and Mars are also visible in this image taken at 43,000 feet.
The SOFIA telescope (@SOFIAtelescope) uses an outfitted Boeing 747SP jetliner that’s been modified to carry a 106-inch diameter telescope, and uses infrared light to study celestial objects best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. The latest flight was aimed at studying the center of the Milky Way and the Tarantula Nebula.
Creating images of the celestial magnetic fields found in the center of our Milky Way galaxy will help scientists better understand the shape and strength of these fields and gain new insights into how they impact the processes in the our galactic center.
Mapping the Tarantula Nebula, which has a cluster of thousands of stars forming at once, will help researchers determine the speed and direction of the molecules in the nebula to determine if the material is expanding, forming new stars or if the star formation process has been stunted.
This is a picture of the world today at 6:30 pm. Since I’m in the Southern Hemisphere, yesterday was the winter solstice/shortest day of the year while everyone back home in the northern hemisphere experienced the summer solstice/longest day of the year. Winter in Peru has an average temp of about 60 degrees. To the Peruvians, 60 degrees is freezing and they walk around with beanies and winter coats while I’m sitting here loving what feels to me like great weather! #peru#lima#limaperu#solofemaletravel#southernhemisphere#southofequator#northernhemisphere#southamerica
What a Fab day in Pukará De Quitor. It's the first day since we started travelling that we got some heat and it was AMAZING! It was nice to put away the winter jacket and go exploring.
We had read online that Pukará De Quitor would take about 40 mins but we were there for about 1.5 hours and only saw half of it. Going to go back later in the week to explore some more People on our hostel hadn't even heard of it so if you are coming to San Pedro de Atacama I would highly recommend it. #chile#warmdays#TGIF#sanpedrodeatacama#travel#travelblog#pukaradequitor#southernhemisphere#iamtb
Outono é a estação da reflexão e renovação. Assim como nós, que precisamos descartar sentimentos e atitudes que não nos acrescentam boas energias, as plantas se despedem das suas velhas folhas para que as novas possam brotar e assim, recomeçar um novo ciclo...
O inverno oficialmente começou ontem, mas algumas árvores rebeldes ainda não se despiram da roupa de outono. Enquanto isso vou me despedindo desse laranja avermelhado que só verei novamente no ano que vem.
Magical, transformative, powerful and happy!
After the longest night, the LIGHT emerges, and every day wins over the darkness.
After the longest day, the DARK emerges, and every day wins over the light.
Let us continue to see, listen and face our shadow to find our true LIGHT within us with love, compassion and courage!
May the force and balance be with us, the world and MotherEarth! #firstname.lastname@example.org
Ah, winter. While summery images fill my feed from the north, here in the southern hemisphere, free time means staying under the covers with a cuppa and a good book, among other delicious pursuits such as daytrips to the sea. #wintersolstice #southernhemisphere #inbedwithagoodbook
Happy solstice in the depths of our winter season let us find warmth in connection to the earth and our loved ones - a community acknowledging the web of life that connects us all, special seasons honoured by our ancestors before us.