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I've been involved in many professional development activities and this is by far the best one I've ever done

Chelen Johnson

NGC4051/Gorjian

NGC4051/Gorjian

IRAC Monitoring of NGC 4051 for Interday Variability: Using the Spitzer Space Telescope for a 10 day infrared monitoring of the region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy NGC 4051 to help determine the dust distribution around it.

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Our Participants Talk About NITARP

  • Paulsen

    I found it most interesting to see the scientific process in action. Scientists were questioning scientists, sometimes fairly aggressively.

  • Thompson

    I think that the most surprising thing about it was how young everyone was! I absolutely did not expect that, maybe because the amateur community is so much older by comparison, and is mainly composed of retired people.

  • Paulsen

    My robotics students are very wowed by the fact that I met a flight director for the Mars Curiosity Rover.