MIT Astronomy Field Camp returns to the Teide Observatory

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For the second year, the Teide Observatory has hosted the "MIT Astronomy Field Camp", a prestigious camp offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), considered one of the best and most influential universities in the world, to its students of of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS).

Through this experience, the institution provides students with the opportunity to live and work in a professional astronomical observatory while developing real research projects. This work is often expanded into final theses or articles in leading scientific journals.

For three weeks, 11 students from this renowned institution have stayed at the Teide Observatory where they have had access to its scientific facilities. Tutored by research and engineering staff from the IAC and the observatory, they have been able to develop their skills in telescope operation and data analysis. At the end of their stay, the students were able to present the results of their research to the scientific staff of the centre at the IAC headquarters in La Laguna.

In addition to their research, the group of students also had time to visit other local institutions and explore different locations on the island of Tenerife, such as the landscapes of the Teide National Park or the municipality of San Cristóbal de La Laguna.

Previously, this camp was held at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. However, the consolidation of an alliance with the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in the framework of the SPECULOOS network and its Artemis telescope at the Teide Observatory, has meant the beginning of a new chapter in the history of this renowned camp, which has been running for 40 years since its first edition.

This year's projects include the following: "Determining the g-modes of CBS 114" by Cruz Soto; "Fluctuations in Optical Flux of Brown Dwarf VHS 1256-1257b" by Jorian Benke; “Lightcurves of the major Uranian Satellites” by Abigail Colclasure; "Light curves of Koronis Family asteroids to assess rotation parameters" by Shion Murakawa; "Reobserving Transiting Debris around WD 1145+17" by Aidan Van Duzer; "Astrometry of a low-mass brown dwarf G 196-3b: Companion of the young nearby star G 196-3" by Joy Ma; y "Observing Transits of Three Exoplanet Candidates" by Erin Cusson, Maurielle Noto and Spencer Rhodes.

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