Twitter-Based Astronomy Journal Club

by Kelle on June 8, 2011

Hashtag: #astroJC
Organizers: @astronomyjc
Blog: Astronomy Journal Club

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 know anything about the topic or not. This is all inspired by the original Twitter Journal Club who are doing the same thing for medical research.

The first paper is “Gamma Rays From The Galactic Center and the WMAP Haze” (Hooper & Linden, 2010) and the discussion will kick off on Thurs, June 16.

via SarahAskew .

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kash Farooq June 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

The start time is UT 19:00.

And here you can check out a selection of time zones for this meeting.


2 Rohit June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Sounds good. Would be great if you can have all tweets on a pdf for others to read. I first need to learn how to use twitter.


3 Kelle June 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I’m not involved in the effort, but there’s no reason to make a PDF. All you have to do is search twitter ( with the hashtag #astroJC. It’s really, really, not that hard…you don’t need a Twitter account. Here’s the URL:!/search/%23astroJC

4 Emma June 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Also after each discussion we’ll gather all the tweets with the #astroJC hashtag together using Storify and post the link on the Journal Club blog (

5 Sivaramakrishnan June 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Aargh! Guess I’m a little late for today’s meeting. I wish I’d seen the post a little earlier.

This sounds like a very interesting idea. It just struck me; I would like to suggest that maybe this could be in IRC… The upside is that it will be a lot easier to have a real discussion, plus there will be a ready chat log at the end of it. The possible downside could be that not many people are familiar with IRC since it’s a fairly “geeky” thing.


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