SOFIAtelescope (@SOFIAtelescope )

SOFIAtelescope

Bio A Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 106-inch telescope. This joint project of @NASA and @DLR_en is the worlds largest airborne observatory.
Location California
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Account created 20-10-2008 22:57:21
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Sprinklr : Today is the NASA Social event at NASAArmstrong) 's Twitter Profile">NASA Armstrong! Follow #NASAsocial to:

- Go behind the scenes 📸
- Explore how NASA uses research planes to study our home planet 🌎 and the cosmos 🌌
- Meet the experts working on these aircraft 👩‍🔬👨‍✈️👨‍🔬👩‍✈️

Sprinklr : A view of the southern lights, or Aurora Australis, as we flew over the Southern Ocean last year. The Milky Way and Mars are also visible in this image taken at 43,000 feet. Share your #PictureEarth go.nasa.gov/2Gp5qjk

Sprinklr : We found the universes first type of molecule! After it first formed billions of years ago, the universe transformed from simple molecules to the complex place it is today — filled with planets, stars and galaxies. How we found it in the modern universe: go.nasa.gov/2GoYDWZ

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iPhone : 👩‍🚀An expected record-setting flight for Christina H Koch
🚀A new #Cygnus resupply mission to the Intl. Space Station
🔬A discovery of the universe’s first type of molecule

All this & more on “This Week @ NASA”: go.nasa.gov/2UMVt9m

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Sprinklr : How do we detect molecules 3,000 light-years away? With an instrument that works like a radio receiver. We tune to the frequency of the molecule were searching for, similar to tuning an FM radio to a favorite station. Learn more: go.nasa.gov/2GmMCBe

Sprinklr : More than 13 billion years ago, a molecule was the beginning step in the evolution of the universe. Learn how we found this type of molecule in our galaxy for the first time:
go.nasa.gov/2UL9Qee

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Twitter Web Client : I spy... the universes first type of molecule! 🔎🔭

ICYMI, scientists using our @SOFIATelescope have ended their search for this molecule after finding its signature in our own galaxy! Heres a crash course on yesterday’s history-making discovery: go.nasa.gov/2GkYxiZ

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Twitter Web Client : For decades, astronomers searched the cosmos for what is thought to be one of the 1st kinds of molecules to have formed after the Big Bang, & @SOFIATelescope recently found it! This was the 1st ever detection of helium hydride in the modern universe: nasa.tumblr.com/post/184276469…

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Twitter Web Client : After decades of searching, the first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the first time. See how NASAs SOFIAtelescope mission detected modern helium hydride in a planetary nebula: go.nasa.gov/2vaC2YQ

Twitter Web Client : It works like a radio receiver: Astronomers tune to the frequency of helium hydride, similar to tuning an FM radio to a favorite station. The molecule's signal came through loud and clear, bringing a decades long search to a happy end.

Twitter Web Client : We detected it in a planetary nebula, a remnant of what was once a Sun-like star, called NGC 7027. Space telescopes did not have the technology needed to pick out helium hydride's signal from the medley of other molecules, but a recent upgraded added it to our flying telescope.

Twitter Web Client : Over billions of years, the universe transformed from simple molecules to the complex place it is today — filled with planets, stars and galaxies. Helium hydride was first step in this evolution, but it has never been found in the present-day universe. Until now.

Twitter Web Client : This elusive molecule is a combination of helium and hydrogen called helium hydride. Astronomers think it first appeared more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was still very young and only a few kinds of atoms existed.

Sprinklr : Since the 1970s, astronomers have been searching for the first type of molecule that ever formed after the Big Bang. Now it’s finally been found. go.nasa.gov/2UNh4ic