Welcome to our astronomy community!

A new initiative from Nature Research

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Jan 26, 2018
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Welcome to our new astronomy community! 

The community is aimed at astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists and others who conduct space research. We welcome contributions from the academic community, including graduate students, postdocs, or PIs — but we also hope to draw from the large number of amateur astronomers or citizen scientists who have a keen interest in astronomy and contribute to research in their own time, using equipment and analysis methods on a par with the academics.

The community is supported by our astronomy journals, including Nature, Nature Astronomy, Nature Physics, Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications, as well as our new journal, Communications Physics, which launched in February.

This initiative builds on our successful communities in microbiologyecology and evolution, and biomedical engineering, as well as new communities in sustainability and chemistry

Feel free to join the discussion by commenting on posts - and enjoy the community!


Image credit: The image shows an artist's impression of the binary black hole system emitting gravitational waves during the inspiral phase before coalescence, which was detected by aLIGO on 14 September 2015. Kalogera. Too good to be true? Nature Astronomy. 1, 0112 (2017).

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Ben Johnson

Head of Communities & Engagement, Springer Nature

I gained my first degree in virology from the University of Warwick and a PhD in influenza virus immune evasion from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK. My research interests then moved on to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels, and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London. I joined open access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an Acquisitions Editor and then Associate Publisher, and was responsible for launching new journals, including Microbiome, Zoological Letters, and Movement Ecology. I have been Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature since 2016, running our online community blogs. I am based in our London office.

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Go to the profile of Edgardo Molina
Edgardo Molina 8 months ago

Dear Astronomy Community members,

What a pleasant surprise to find this highly promising  Astronomy Community at Nature Research. I am sure that it will become a launch platform, to engage all the people who are willing to share as well as generate information, based on the particular interests of this community. I sincerely hope for the best for all the registered members. Keep up a good flow of information! Thank you for the chance to join.


Clear skies!


Edgardo Molina.


Laboratorio de Ciencias Físicas, México.