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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.


  • 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.
  • [The best thing about the trip was] working as a group and sharing the excitement of science.
  • 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:] 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
  • [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.

Summer Visit - 2010 - LDM team