I am an astronomer flying on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) tomorrow. Ask me anything.
I'm an astro grad student flying on SOFIA to run some tests with our mid-IR camera. Our tests aren't very exciting, but we've got some beautiful results from previous flights (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/717927main_1a_SOFIA-FORCAST_CNR_black_hole.jpg)
Here's SOFIA sitting in the hangar as of an hour ago (http://imgur.com/7Qg5AWa)
Ask me anything!
edit: I should probably mention that the image is of the inner 20 light years of our galaxy. It's a ring of hot dust around the 4 million solar mass super massive black hole. The "Y"-shaped features are streamers of hot dust and gas falling in to the black hole.
edit: hey guys, thanks for all the questions but I need to get some sleep! If people are still interested I can do another one tomorrow (with more pictures).
I'm about to head out, I can do another one of these when I get back around ~730am PDT. See you guys then!
edit4: change of plans. we had to land earlier so we're trying again tomorrow
(http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1bkv7f/i_am_an_astronomer_flying_on_nasas_stratospheric/) if you have more questions!sorry, I'll do this tomorrow!