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Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz

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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The Cold Spotz team came to visit in June 2012. The core team educators plus 8 students attended.


  • [student:] I thought that the most surprising thing we did was doing things that we did not learn before we went to Caltech. Before we went I thought we were very well prepared and covered everything, but there was some stuff like looking at other telescopes that we didn't do before.
  • I think the most important thing I learned on this trip is that there are so many ways to get involved in astronomy and science.
  • [student:] I always knew that astronomy was a bit more than just sitting around all night looking through telescopes, but I think it was really great to be able to see that there are so many different career paths and ways astronomy can be done. It made me realize that if I do decide to go into astronomy later on, that there are a lot of things I can do, whether it's dealing with computers, engineering, or traveling around the world.
  • [This experience] showed me that astronomy is much more than looking at the sky. It is using formulas and images to figure just exactly what is out there in our universe.
  • I always imagined astronomy as someone at the end of a telescope looking at the stars, but today's astronomer is at a computer controlling a telescope miles away on earth or in space. The data are collected in mass amounts and need lots of people to analyze it. The industry is drowning in data and not enough astronomers to use it.

Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz