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Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz

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

The Cold Spotz team came to visit in June 2012. The core team educators plus 8 students attended.


  • Real astronomy is searching the sky and knowing we are not the center of the universe. That there is so much more out there than just stars and rocks.
  • I was a little nervous initially about working with people I had never met before, but it turned out to be so much better than I could have expected.
  • I was surprised at the variety of approaches we would take in trying to identify sources (particularly those with sparse data).
  • I am so surprised that after working my brain for many hours each day, I could understand what [we were talking about]. While I am a teacher and love astronomy, I am not up on all of the terms, and even [the] concepts that we used so readily. I am surprised that my brain clicked over and got is quickly (relatively speaking) and that by the end of the week, I too was speaking in these ways.
  • [This experience] showed me that astronomy is much more than looking at the sky. It is using formulas and images to figure just exactly what is out there in our universe.

Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz