The goal of SHIPs (Searching Herschel Images for Protostars) is to find and identify stars in the earliest phases of formation in NGC 281, a.k.a. "the pac-man nebula". These stars will help us understand the history of the star formation process in that region.
It was wonderful to see the students from last year presenting their posters and talking with astronomers and teachers from all over the world.
Always impresses me how well a ‘kid’ can perform if supported and presented with a challenge that interests them.
[Because of a poster I saw at the AAS and] my participation in the NITARP program, I will be raising the standards for my students in the future.