Synergy between Spitzer and SOFIA
JULY 13, 2020

Dedicated SOFIA Time Made Available To Support JWST Early Release Science

The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) intends to award up to 20 hours of time for investigations supporting the JWST Early Release Science program as part of their Cycle 9 call for proposals. With a submission deadline of September 4, 2020, this opportunity is available to the worldwide community. It is not required to be a member of an existing ERS team to submit.

SOFIA complements JWST capabilities by providing access to higher spectral resolving powers, longer infrared wavelengths, far-infrared polarization, and brighter targets that otherwise saturate JWST’s sensitive instruments. Discover more information about the individual Early Release Science Programs. What new SOFIA data may combine with planned JWST observations to unlock new science opportunities?


Image above shows synergy between Spitzer and SOFIA: A SOFIA/HAWC+ polarization map of the area around Rho Oph. Credit: Left: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA; Right: SOFIA/HAWC+/Northwestern University/F. Pereira Santos


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