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AAS - 2021

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.  This year, the pandemic forced the Jan 2021 meeting online, and meant that we didn't select a new class for 2021, so only one class is attending the online AAS. 

The 2020 NITARP teams attended the 2021 January AAS. We sent about 30 people to the AAS. All of the posters we presented are here:

2020 Teams:

Also see video "turbo talks" from ORMA team : science and education.



  • [student:] I was expecting the data to be clear and easy to draw conclusions from. In school-based labs the data is always handed to you on a plate in an easy to digest way. In this case most of the data was interrupted by excess noise, and only 4 out of our roughly 500 sources showed promise. This was disappointing at first, but it also gave me newfound respect for researchers who spend years of their life working on new scientific breakthroughs.
  • [student:] Having the experience of working with other intelligent, hardworking, curious people makes me want to do more of it in the future.
  • [student:] I had no clue so much math and analysis went into astronomy and I definitely got to learn something I couldn’t have otherwise.
  • The support offered was fantastic as we were given the environment to be very comfortable with asking any questions we may have.
  • [student:] I've never had any formal classes in astronomy. I always figured it was similar to cartography, or just making big maps of the sky. I thought it would require a lot of memorizing, like when I had to memorize the solar system in fourth grade. But during this process I learned about the science behind astronomy.

We're back from the Jan 2024 AAS and we had a grand time!