Wikipedia's 100,000 Most Popular Pages, Rendered As A Galaxy

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illustration showing a ball of glowing, colored dots

The Wikipedia Galaxy

Screenshot from WikiGalaxy by Owen Cornec

Perhaps you imagine the Internet as a set of tubes, or a web, or series of garden paths. One student in Paris imagined it as a galaxy. He has made a visualization of Wikipedia's 100,000 most popular articles in 2014 that you can "fly" through by clicking. We love it. You can visit it here.

In the Wikipedia Galaxy, each page is represented as a star, with related pages clustered near each other. "Stars" of the same category share the same color. The shooting stars that glide across the screen are bots. I have tried to chase them, but cannot seem to click them or do anything with them.

screenshot of the Wikipedia Galaxy visualization showing the "universe" page

Visiting the "Universe" Page in the Wikipedia Galaxy

Screenshot from WikiGalaxy by Owen Cornec

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