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What do we do?

Astrobites is a daily astrophysical literature journal written by graduate students in astronomy since 2010. Our goal is to present one interesting paper per day in a brief format that is accessible to undergraduate students in the physical sciences who are interested in active research.

Why read Astrobites?

Reading a technical paper from an unfamiliar subfield is intimidating. It may not be obvious how the techniques used by the researchers really work or what role the new research plays in answering the bigger questions motivating that field, not to mention the obscure jargon! For most people, it takes years for scientific papers to become meaningful.

Our goal is to solve this problem, one paper at a time. In 5 minutes a day reading Astrobites, you should not only learn about one interesting piece of current work, but also get a peek at the broader picture of research in a new area of astronomy.

If you’re new to Astrobites and aren’t sure where to start reading, check out a few selected posts from our first four years.


What is astro-ph?

astro-ph is the astrophysics section of arXiv.org, where researchers post their latest work (often before official review and publication).  We always link back to the original arXiv post, where you can download the original article (for free).  Occasionally, we will take on special topics such as results presented at conferences, tips for applying to graduate school, or tutorials for specific research tools.

Who Writes Astrobites?

Astrobites is written by a team of graduate students at universities around the world. We bring a diverse set of research interests and backgrounds to our writing. Please visit the Meet the Authors to learn more about each author.

Statement of Inclusivity

Scientists are members of a broad human community, and may thus experience societal prejudices that direct affect their ability to contribute to the scientific endeavor.  We at Astrobites support and encourage universal participation in science, regardless of minoritized status. We affirmatively declare our support for a scientific community open to — and providing support and safety for — every individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or medical condition. Such support includes ensuring that universities, laboratories, and professional societies do not tolerate any form of harassment, and have transparent procedures for addressing such harassment when it occurs. We reject racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and prejudice stemming from religion or citizenship.  Eliminating these injustices is the only way to ensure that all people can benefit from participation in the science, and we accept this task as integral to the pursuit of science and scientific outreach.

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As an independent graduate student organization, since 2016 Astrobites has been hosted and supported by the American Astronomical Society.

Supported by the AAS

Astrobites is grateful to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Computing Group at Harvard University and James Guillichon / Vox Charta for past web hosting.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any institutions the author(s) may be associated with. Astrobites is not affiliated with the arXiv.