We’d like to introduce Astrobites readers to a similar site published in Farsi, Staryab: an astro-ph summary blog and so much more! They’ve been active since 2014. We’re pleased that Staryab’s creators were willing to write this guest post to explain what they’re doing.
Staryab is an astrophysical literature website written in Farsi. Our goal at Staryab is to introduce the world of professional astronomy to those at the beginning of this road, especially undergraduates in physics and astronomy, enthusiastic high schoolers, and amateur astronomers. We present an interesting paper every week in a simple format that is comprehensible to our readers. The papers are usually grabbed from the ocean of recently submitted astro-ph papers on arXiv and are prepared by Iranian professional astronomers both from inside and outside of Iran. Other parts of the website are as follows:
- Educational papers: Staryab authors, who are among the Iranian professional astronomers around the world, write about their own research in simple language.
- Educational seminars: Staryab, in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, invites astronomers to give online seminars about their research. The talks are recorded and uploaded on the website for future access.
- The glossary: Includes the definition of astrophysical terms, the English translation, pronunciation, and a related picture. The goal is to make a comprehensive source of astronomical terms in Farsi. The glossary gets regularly updated on the website.
The founders of Staryab are Azadeh Keivani and Irene Shivaei (both female). In addition to the founders, Staryab has 21 guest authors writing occasionally for Staryab (this number is growing). Staryab’s webmaster is Shayan Ghiaseddin, who is kindly maintaining our website. Staryab has been highlighted in public media a few times.