Category Archives: Previews

This week’s meeting: the pros & cons of pro/am collaboration

Professional / amateur collaboration in science, and astronomy in particular, is the discussion topic for this Thursday’s astronomy twitter journal club, starting at 20:10 GMT. @SamHawkins, who proposed this topic, explains more: Astronomy is one of the few branches of … Continue reading

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This week’s meeting: Understanding gamma-ray flares in the Crab Nebula

This Thursday, 20:10 GMT, astronomy journal club will look at a possible explanation for the mysterious gamma-ray flares in the Crab Nebula – Extreme particle acceleration in magnetic reconnection layers. Application to the gamma-ray flares in the Crab Nebula (Cerutti … Continue reading

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This week’s meeting: How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints

This Thursday, 20:10 GMT, the astronomy twitter journal club’s going to be looking at the benefits of tweeting on paper citations. The discussion topic arose thanks to this recent paper, which I heard about this morning on twitter: How the … Continue reading

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This week’s meeting: Dark dwarf galaxies & the missing satellite problem

The astronomy twitter journal club is back this Thursday, 20:10 GMT, for our first meeting of 2012. Happy New Year everyone! This week we’re going to be discussing the recent discovery of a rather odd dwarf galaxy: Gravitational detection of … Continue reading

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This week’s paper: two explanations for the Christmas burst

This Thursday, 20:10 GMT, the astronomy twitter journal club goes festive with a discussion on GRB 101225A – the unusual gamma-ray burst which was detected by the SWIFT satellite on Christmas Day last year. The majority of gamma ray bursts … Continue reading

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Review: Kepler-22b – hype or new home?

The 18th meeting of the astronomy twitter journal club was all about science hype. The topic was suggested when the Kepler team announced the discovery of Kepler-22b – the exoplanet the media immediately christened “Earth’s twin”. There’s some more information … Continue reading

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This week’s meeting: Kepler 22b – hype or new home?

The topic for this week’s astronomy twitter journal club (Thursday, 20:10 GMT) is Kepler-22b, a new exoplanet announced this week. However, the meeting won’t focus on the properties of this object, but rather on the media storm that’s blown up … Continue reading

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