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AAS - 2023

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.

The 2022 and 2023 NITARP teams attended the 2023 January AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. The 2022 class was presenting results and the 2023 class was starting up. We had alumni raise money to come back as well. We sent about 30 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. All of the posters we presented are here:

2022 Teams:


  • Granucci, "Does a Solar Telescope generate more interest in astronomy than Night Observing Telescope?" (talk)
  • Kniezewski, "To Rain or Not to Rain: Correlating GOES Flare Class and Coronal Rain Statistics" (poster and press release; student alumna!)


  • My students were inspiring during this project, even when frustrated. They wanted to keep plugging through even when it was hard.
  • I was also intrigued at how we can figure out so much while knowing so little: just by knowing a few numbers such as the magnitudes at 4 IR channels, we can model and predict debris disks around stars, including size and distance. At the AAS, listening to people‚Äôs presentations, it was also interesting to hear how they are able to model distant systems and galaxies with the data they used, and how they can test these models. Before, I would hear of what we thought something might be like, but never heard much about why we thought it was that way or what the next step in our investigation might be.
  • It was great feeling like we could actually ask questions and get real answers.
  • I am now more aware that astronomy can be a wider variety of things. Astronomers and astrophysicists can be visiting distant observatories, but they can also resemble highly technical librarians sifting through collected data to construct models and simulate complex systems from shards of glimpses into the EM spectrum.
  • [student:] This experience exceeded all of my expectations. Going into the program, I had no conception of all the amazing opportunities and experiences that I would get to be a part of. It was amazing getting to attend the AAS and be surrounded by so many famous and up-and-coming astronomers doing exciting research. Their passion for their work and the field of astronomy was super infectious and inspirational to witness.

AAS - 2023