Ever wondered what Wikipedia’s 100,000 most popular articles look like as a galaxy? No, me neither. But at least we can with this, WikiGalaxy a website that literally does that – it allows you to explore the encyclopaedia’s top articles from last year as a galaxy.
Each page in the ‘galaxy’ is represented as a star, with articles in the same category bundled close together and featured in the same colour. It even features ‘shooting stars’ represented by Wikipedia’s many bots hard at work on the site. Be mindful that it is surprisingly resource intensive – I write articles on my little MacBook Air, quite a well performing machine in consumer notebook terms, but it did take a while getting the ‘galaxy’ up and running smoothly.
While the site has no functional use, it is a beautiful way to explore the world’s most popular free encyclopaedia.