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SOFIA Science

SOFIA science will be at the 241st AAS Meeting January 8-12, 2023 in Seattle Washington! Below is a list of all SOFIA-related events during the meeting. Note in particular the session 'Star Formation with SOFIA', on Wednesday 10:00-11:20 am PT.

You can also pick up our latest science newsletter at our partners' booths, IPAC and NASA. All times are Pacific Time.

SOFIA Prizes

Each year during the Winter AAS meeting, the SOFIA program awards prizes to remarkable published papers and PhD theses based on SOFIA data. This year, we are happy to recognize the outstanding work of the following researchers:

Data Showcase Talk: Stars and stellar environments in the SOFIA archive

Monday January 9th, 5:30-6:00 pm

NASA Interactive Demo area in the exhibit hall

E. Montiel, S. Goldman, B-G Andersson (SOFIA/USRA).

The SOFIA archive is rich of high-quality infrared observations of stars and stellar environments, focused on the exploration of gas chemistry, outflows, magnetic field structure and more. Several examples of available datasets and synergistic research will be presented by SOFIA staff.

Hyperwall Talk: The SOFIA SALSA program


Wednesday January 11th, 9:20-9:30 am

NASA hyperwall in the exhibit hall

E. Lopez-Rodriguez (Stanford/KIPAC) will present the latest results from SOFIA's legacy program SALSA - Survey for extragALactic magnetiSm with SOFIA.

SOFIA Happy Hour

Wednesday January 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm

The Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Avenue

Come share a drink with SOFIA staff to celebrate the end of the mission, in the fitting environment of the 'Pine Box' bar! We will gather in the Mezzanine area, 1600 Melrose Ave, a couple of blocks away from the Convention Center.


Monday, January 9th

William Reach (SOFIA/USRA): Molecular Water in the Lunar South Polar Region based upon 6-micron Spectroscopic Imaging, iPoster 104.32, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session 'Solar System', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Curtis DeWitt (SOFIA/USRA): High-resolution Mid-infrared spectra of V883 Ori with EXES/SOFIA, iPoster 106.02, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session "Young Stellar Objects, Very Young Stars, T-Tauri Stars, H-H Objects", Exhibit Hall 4AB

Edward Montiel (SOFIA/USRA): Seeing the Trees through the Forest: Early Results from the SOFIA/EXES Mid- IR High Spectral Resolution Library, iPoster 106.17, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session "Young Stellar Objects, Very Young Stars, T-Tauri Stars, H-H Objects", Exhibit Hall 4AB

Dario Fadda (SOFIA/USRA): The Warm Neutral Medium of Nearby Galaxies. Oral presentation 110.03, 10:24-10:36 am, in special session 'Beyond JWST and ALMA: Far-infrared Spectroscopy of Cosmic Ecosystems', Ballroom 6C

Imani Dindy (CUNY Grad center): Solar Metallicity in M82 Starburst with Far-Infrared Spectroscopy, Oral presentation 122.04, 10:40-10:50 am, in session 'Starburst Galaxies', Room 615

Rebecca Levy (University of Arizona): Velocity-resolved [CII] in and around M82 detected with SOFIA, Oral presentation 122.05, 10:50-11:00 am, in session 'Starburst Galaxies', Room 615

B-G Andersson (SOFIA/USRA): Multi-wavelength polarization studies of AGB star envelopes; a progress report. Oral presentation 144.02, 2:10-2:20 pm, in session 'Dust', Room 611

Valentin Le Gouellec (SOFIA/USRA): The origin of dust polarization in the Orion Bar. Oral presentation 144.05, 2:50-3:00 pm, in session 'Dust', Room 611

Tuesday, January 10th

Jessy Marin (Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics): Magnetic Field Mapping of Large Scale Galactic Structures, First Map of the 'Nessie of the Northern Sky', iPoster presentation 211.08, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session 'Giant Molecular Clouds and Gas Structures', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Aidan Kaminsky (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): On the 3D Curvature and Dynamics of the Musca Filament, iPoster presentation 211.11, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session 'Giant Molecular Clouds and Gas Structures', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Oral Session 'Stellar Feedback and the Ionized ISM' 235, 10:00-10:40 am, Ballroom 3B

  • Ümit Kavak (SOFIA/USRA): Protostellar feedback in massive star forming regions, 235.01, 10:00-10:10 am
  • Lars Bonne (SOFIA/USRA): Large [CII] maps unveil rapid molecular cloud erosion around expanding HII regions, 235.02, 10:10-10:20 am
  • James De Buizer (SOFIA/USRA): The SOFIA Mid-Infrared Giant H II Region Survey: Reassessing the Giant H II region Census of the Milky Way, 235.03, 10:20-10:30 am
  • Fiorella Polles (SOFIA/USRA): The electron density stratification in IC10: a low-metallicity galaxy, 235.04, 10:30-10:40 am

Louis Seyfritz (UVA): Investigating the Flip in Polarization of Massive Protostars, iPoster 273.10, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Star Formation', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Mohammed Saleem (San Francisco State): Magnetic Field Morphology and Polarization Within Starburst Galaxy M82, iPoster 277.03, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Starburst galaxies', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Dario Fadda (SOFIA/USRA): SOFIA investigates the spiral galaxy Arp 25 deformed by ram pressure, iPoster 279.06, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Spiral Galaxies', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Wednesday, January 11th

Megan Peatt (Embry-Riddle Aeronautcial University): FORCAST-ing the dust production of WR 137 as it approaches periastron. iPoster 302.11, 9:00 AM-10:00 am, in poster session 'Binary Stars 1', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Gregory Sloan (Space Telescope Science Institute): Pulsation and the dust dichotomy in Galactic carbon stars: The view from SOFIA, iPoster 303.17, 9:00-10:00 am, in poster session 'Pulsating Variable stars', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Oral Session 'Star Formation with SOFIA' 308, 10:00-11:20 am, Ballroom 6B

  • Sarah Nickerson (NASA Ames): The mid-infrared molecular inventory towards Orion IRc2 and hot molecular cores. 308.01, 10:00-10:10 am
  • Simon Coude (WSU - CfA): FIELDMAPS: Magnetic support in the bones of the Milky Way, 308.02, 10:10-10:20 am
  • Francisco Sequeira- Murillo (University of Costa Rica): The Final Stages of Massive Star Formation - Infrared Characterization of Ultra-Compact HII Regions. 308.04, 10:30-10:40 am
  • Jonathan Tan (Univ. of Virginia & Chalmers Univ): Latest Results from the SOFIA Massive (SOMA) Star Formation Survey, 308.05, 10:40-10:50 am
  • Lauren Light (Smith College): Shining a Light on the Kinematics and Chemical Complexity of Massive Protostars, 308.06, 10:50-11:00 am
  • Peter Barnes (SSI): SOFIA and ALMA Investigate Magnetic Fields and Gas Structures in Massive Star Formation: The Case of the Masquerading Monster BYF 73, 308.07, 11:00-11:10 am
  • Samuel Crowe (UVA): Characterizing Massive Protostars in the Galactic Center. 308.08, 11:10-11:20 am

Bhavya Gupta (UCSD): Analyzing Far-IR [O III] and [C II] Emission Using SOFIA in Highly-Ionized Local Galaxies, iPoster 361.02, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Stars, Gas, and Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxies', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Elizabeth Fletcher (Catholic University): An Analysis of NGC 5253: Investigating Metallicity using Far-Infrared Diagnostic Emission Lines, iPoster 361.03, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Stars, Gas, and Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxies', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Kathleen Kraemer (Boston College): Hot Water in Cool Stars: SOFIA Observation of M and S Stars, iPoster 367.02, 5:30-6:30 pm, in poster session 'Stellar Atmospheres, Winds', Exhibit Hall 4AB

Thursday, January 12th

Skarleth Motino Flores (SOFIA/USRA): Using Far-Infrared Fine Structure emission lines to characterize analogs to high-z galaxies. Oral presentation 431.01, 10:00-10:10 am, in session Stars, Gas, and Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxies, Room 620

Please feel free to direct questions and comments to the SOFIA Science Center help desk: [email protected].
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