In 2014 Armagh Planetarium’s website (including Astronotes) received well over 1 million page views from all over the world. What were all these people coming to see? Here are the 10 most viewed Astronotes articles of 2014.
What lessons can we learn from this list? These articles are all well-written and factual, but what makes these and many of our other articles popular is their uniqueness. They contain information that either cannot be found elsewhere or is not conveniently summarised across the internet.
As for what attracts our readers, there are several “hot-button” topics. More than 40 years on NASA’s Moon missions, especially Apollo 11, still continue to fascinate. Many of our web visitors come under the impression that there are unanswered questions in the history of the US space programme or are intrigued by the possibilities of alien visitations. I hope our articles help correct some of the myths about these topics.
I am very happy to see that in its present blog format Astronotes is promoting space and astronomy education to a larger and wider audience than ever before.
If you have any suggestions for astronomy and space-related topics for future Astronotes articles, why not leave them in the comments section?
(Article by Colin Johnston, Science Education Director)