Enlarge / The SOFIA telescope. (credit: Chris Johnson)

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Good morning. It’s April 1, and today’s photo showcases an airplane—but it’s a special airplane with some celestial treats in the background.

The plane is a shortened version of a Boeing 747 that housed the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, known as SOFIA. This airborne observatory first took flight in May 2010 and operated through September 2022. The 2.5-meter telescope flew at about 45,000 feet and observed all manner of phenomena from a vantage point above much of the Earth’s atmosphere—celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets, and more.

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