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AAS - 2013

The Winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting is the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world. NITARP educators attend an AAS first to meet their team, then they go home and work remotely for much of the year, and then attend an AAS to present their results.  At any given AAS, then, we could have two NITARP classes attending - those finishing up, and those getting started. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

We were out in force at the AAS 2013 meeting in Long Beach, CA! A record number of NITARP-affiliated people attended, including the 2012 class finishing up and the 2013 class getting going. The 80 or so NITARP-affiliated folks made up about 3% of the AAS attendees.

Special article on AAS attendees!  And don't miss Danielle Miller's blog!


  • I wasn't expecting just how nice everyone was, especially to my high school-aged group. The astronomers I talked to all seemed very interested and impressed with what I was doing at the AAS and asked a lot of questions about NITARP. It made me feel that I had contributed something valuable to the astronomy community.
  • It is fun listening to the talks and having a much better understanding about what they are talking about than I did the first time.
  • I cannot put into words how amazing and priceless the experience was. Spending a week with other people interested in science to such a high degree helped me to grow as a scientist and as a student.
  • I think the most interesting thing I learned [..] is how different all of the teachers are. Clearly, we all love science but we're all so different.
  • I have learned that astronomy takes an incredible deal of patience to get the job done right. As I saw, our project was a year in the making and there is still ongoing research being done. Astronomy is a continuous subject.

AAS - 2013