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NASA/IPAC Teacher
Archive Research Program

How it works

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

  • Odden

    I have a much better sense of what research astronomy is about now, and I think I will have more confidence to try new things (related to astronomy) going forward.

  • Donelson

    The process of gathering and analyzing data was very important to help show my kids what real research is like. And since our data didn't come out nice and neat like some labs do, it really helped push my kids to think outside the box.

  • Johnson

    Real astronomy involves working as a team to find an answer. The NITARP program provides a unique, real-life experience in real astronomy to the teachers and students involved.