The Internet provides an incredible platform for astronomers and astrophysical research. .Astronomy (pronounced ‘dot-astronomy’) aims to bring together an international community of astronomy researchers, developers, educators and communicators to showcase and build upon these many web-based projects, from outreach and education to research tools and data analysis.
.Astronomy events are held (almost) once a year. The most recent was in Heidelberg in July 2012. These meetings bring people together to talk, make and do cool stuff for just a few days. The events are focussed, but informal, and encourage collaboration on new ideas that can benefit astronomy in a variety of ways.