Sofia, the flying telescope, will fly again soon
Sofia, the flying telescope, is about to return to service after 4 months in Hamburg, Germany since September 2020.
Sofia's return should take place in a few days, on February 4, when the plane goes to the German city of Cologne to make some scientific observations there.
It's the only plane in the world that carries an on-site observatory. One reason is that astronomical views are not affected by weather problems. Sofia flies generally at the level of 40,000 feet and with an average autonomy of 8 hours of flight.
Tracking SOFIA, the flying telescopeSOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP with a giant telescope, often known as the "Flying Telescope," is tracked weekly by RadarBox on its observations flights over North America and Europe. Read our blog to learn about more SOFIA and how to track it on RadarBox apps and website!
NASA's Flying Observatory 747 SOFIA first research flight over Europe to study black holesThe unique airborne space observatory is performing its first scientific flight over Europe. Its mission is to study activity around a pair of co-orbiting black holes about 600 million light-years away from Earth.
Tracking NASA and DLR's SOFIARead our blog to learn about more SOFIA and how to track it on RadarBox apps and website!