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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 am always impressed and appreciative of the willingness of astronomers to share their knowledge and their time, with each other and with me.
  • The experience did change my opinion about astronomers because although I knew this type of research was conducted I always believed there was a greater focus on visual astronomy.
  • [This experience] has made me realize that while I use a lot of inquiry, I don't always involve my students in the process of developing a testable question. I hope to involve my students more in the entire process. I plan on emphasizing that science is a collaborative effort.
  • Creativity has to be an underling personality trait for scientists.
  • 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