About Astronomy Aggregator

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL, Optical: ESO/WFI/2.2-m

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL, Optical: ESO/WFI/2.2-m

In the middle of 2012 I went looking for a website that would have a variety of news about the latest significant milestones in spaceflight and astronomy; with a clean design and a minimum of speculative filler – but I wasn’t able to find it. What I found was an ocean of websites filled with rampant speculation, a lot of “lazy” articles where the science was barely explained and an awful lot of blogspam designed solely as clickbait and very little else (apart from a *lot* of adverts).

So I decided to take a crack at producing my own site, filled with the kind of stuff that I would want to read about, at a level that I find to be the right balance of challenging and entertaining at the same time – which you are now (hopefully) reading. I find space exploration exciting enough without feeling the need to add go-faster-stripes, but it does need a bit of extra explanation at times where a single line doesn’t provide enough clarity, or assumes a level of knowledge that not everyone possesses.

My aim with Astronomy Aggregator was to make a site that has what I think are probably the more interesting stories of the day with a bare minimum of “filler” or speculative material; and try to explain scientific concepts that might be hard to grasp to the casual observer; and I think that we manage to do this pretty well.

In the middle of February 2013 I had hit a bit of a low point. I hadn’t managed anything like a regular posting schedule with even the most significant stories from week to week, my job was piling on the hours and I was getting frustrated – even though the site is a hobby of mine I still felt that I could be doing more. I vented this anger in a Spaceflight thread on a forum and got a lucky break, as a couple of people volunteered to write some articles every now and then about areas of space exploration that they were interested in.

The resulting success of this gift lead to where we are today, throwing the doors open to anyone with a proven interest in science and spaceflight who would like to write for us.

I would like to point out that at this point this site is still very much a hobby endeavour – except that now instead of just me updating the site there are two or three other people writing articles every so often. We”re all working or studying, we have families and other commitments. We’re not going to catch absolutely everything like other sites do, but we hope that the stuff that we do put up is significant and of interest to you.