The astronomy class has a chance to do real, authentic research in astronomy starting this semester. They will be working with Dr. Varoujan Gorjian from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to reduce data taken by the Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope. Students will analyze millions of images looking for young stars and active galactic nuclei.
Two students will be able to travel to Caltech in Pascedena CA to work with Dr. Gorjian this July and then will be able to travel to Honolulu next January to present their research to professional astronomers at the American Astronomical Society meeting
The program is completely funded by NASA and IPAC to get students involved in astronomical research using real data.