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Summer Visit - 2010 - LDM team

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. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The Luminous Data Miners team came to Caltech in July 2010.


  • Astronomy is an art. There is no obviously right answer, as in math, but instead more and less logical interpretations. Robots can therefore only work as data collectors, not data analyzers, for astronomy.
  • I was very surprised to discover the relative difficulty one deals with when trying to compare data from different telescopes/missions, each of which seem to have its own independent database using different software.
  • It was really important that we discovered for ourselves the photometry problems associated with measuring an AGN. It was very important to see all the information related to our project come together in a continuous package.
  • [student:] This was a different kind of work to me because we are working in a team that is spread all over the US, which makes the work a little more challenging but also very interesting
  • Real astronomy to me is working in a team. [...]But very important for "real astronomy" is that there is no ending.

Summer Visit - 2010 - LDM team