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Emma Bentley on SOFIA

The Coolest Party - A Night Flight on NASA's SOFIA

If, instead of asking an astronomer “how are stars born?”, you ask about where the coolest party is, the answer might surprise you. These get-togethers are thousands of light-years away in dusty nebulae, and require a special type of observatory to see what’s going on. Fortunately, NASA and the German Space Agency (DLR) have a neat party trick: they’ve put a 100-inch telescope on a Boeing 747. …