The Dust Mights team will be searching for Galactic sources in the Spitzer Enhanced Imaging Products catalog which have an excess amount of infrared light and whose distances are known from Gaia observations.
It was refreshing to learn that NASA wants scientists to get/stay in communication with the public, including schools, regarding the science being done. Engagements translates to representation and support from a grassroots mindset.
For me as an educator, it was really rejuvenating to come out here (and bring a student with) and dive into actual astronomical research.
The NITARP experience was terrific from start to finish – well organized, informative, and unique.