Presentation #231.07 in the session Education and Public Engagement.
Astrobites is a graduate student-run website, aimed at making current astrophysical research accessible to a broader audience by publishing plain-language summaries of recent research papers. Since its founding in December 2010, Astrobites has featured more than 3,000 posts written by over 100 contributors spread across many continents. Weekday posts summarize cutting-edge research papers from the ArXiv preprint server, while additional “beyond astro-ph” content includes career advice, conference live-blogging, summaries of landmark astronomy papers, and more. Our audience includes undergraduate students, graduate students, professional scientists and astronomy enthusiasts. Astrobites has inspired similar science communication efforts in other languages as well as scientific disciplines. At AAS 242, we shall showcase how Astrobites can help students, educators, journalists and science communicators in understanding, researching, and validating information about all things in space and beyond.