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Summer Visit - 2018 - L1688

The summer visit to Caltech is 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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The L1688 team came to visit in July 2018. The core team educators attended, plus 7 students.


  • Real astronomy can be vague or messy and more often than not, an astronomer feels like they don't know the right answer. The answers are only as right as the astronomer believes (and triple checks) them to be. This was an important lesson to me.
  • [student:] The most surprising thing that I learned was finding out that this work is completely new and has never been done in this way before.
  • I think I did more than I thought I could. As above, even after doing the prep expect a steep learning curve. Expect kids to get frustrated and help them or give them space to work through it.
  • I CAN do the Math! Even after all the prep it's a steep learning curve.
  • I loved how my students and I struggled and learned together to complete calculations, SEDs, and photometry. It was a confidence builder for all of us.

Summer Visit - 2018 - L1688