CfA OIR Division Lunch Talks
Thursday, November 6, 2008, 11:00, Pratt Conference Room (PG-04)

Observations of Massive Star-Forming Regions:
New Developments and Looking to the Near Future with SOFIA
Dr. James DeBuizer (SOFIA-USRA)

In this two-part lecture I will first discuss new results concerning the observational properties of young massive stars as derived from data spanning the near infrared to the millimeter. In particular I will focus on the nature on mid-infrared emission from massive young stellar objects and its relationship to outflows and masers. I will end this first part of the talk with what we can learn in the near future about massive star formation using the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. SOFIA is a 2.5m telescope mounted in a modified 747 aircraft that will fly above 99.8% of the Earth's water vapor, allowing nearly uninterrupted spectral coverage from 0.3 microns to 1.6mm. The second part of the talk I will give the audience an update on the present status of the SOFIA project as we are about to enter into our first science flights in mid-2009. I will also discuss exciting opportunities for the general astronomy community to be involved in this early science phase.