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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.


  • 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.
  • [student] Everyone (students, teachers, scientists) seemed to enjoy the work and therefore it didn't seem to be work.
  • [student:] The environment at NASA is learning-oriented. It's really fun to work in a place where everyone is so focused on astronomy with as much collaboration as NASA does.
  • [student:] I figured we would simply insert the image and the computer would calculate all of our numbers for us. But we had to adjust many settings and use our expertise to find magnitudes for the galaxies.
  • 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