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Summer Visit - 2010 - SED team

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL.

The SED team came to visit in August 2010; the team's core educators attended.


  • "Real astronomy" involves throwing away the textbook answers and delving into the theory to understand why our preconceived ideas were not working.
  • "Real astronomy" seems to be a lot of number manipulation. Students have to have a good grasp of the big picture to get into astronomy research or they get lost in the details.

Summer Visit - 2010 - SED team