Astronomy Journal Club is an astronomy/astrophysics version of the Twitter Journal Club. Twitter Journal Club is medical-based and was started by @fidouglas and @silv24 .

The general idea is that we meet up on Twitter at a prearranged day and time and discuss an interesting piece of astronomy research. This will generally take the form of an academic paper, but we could also include some articles too. Everyone’s welcome to participate, whether you’re an expert in the topic or not – as long as you’ve read the paper. We hope that the real-time aspect of Twitter will make it a suitable platform for an online discussion. Check out the Next Meeting page for information about the next meeting, including the paper that we will be discussing.

If you an interested, check out the instructions for how to take part.

This blog will act as a hub for what’s going on – check here to find out when the discussions will take place and how to take part. There’s also a twitter account (@astronomyjc) to follow and a hashtag (#astroJC) to use.

We will start with 19:00 UT (i.e. 20:00 BST) on Thursdays (as Thursday was the clear winner in the vote for a suitable day). If there is demand we could alternate discussion days and times so that everyone can take part – we have already had a request from Australia for a morning start at a weekend so that they can join in. If you have any other requests, please contact us.

The header image shows part of the Rosette Nebula as seen by the Herschel Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/SPIRE/PACS/HOBYS

About Us

Astronomy Journal Club was created by Emma Rigby, and Kash Farooq is trying to help.

Emma Rigby (@allinthegutter) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, where she is currently working on the Herschel ATLAS survey. She blogs at We Are All In The Gutter (Looking At The Stars).

Kash Farooq (@kashfarooq) is a software developer at BBC Worldwide by day and pretending to be a physicist through The Open University by night. He blogs at The Thought Stash, occasionally contributes to The Pod Delusion and is hoping to drop the “pretend physicist” tag with the help of the Astronomy Twitter Journal Club.

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