June 12, 2013
image by Howard Eskildsen
Who visits LPOD? That is undoubtedly of more interest to me than to any one else, but there are some surprises and questions to share. And for
those uninterested in these details here is Howard's strange image to ponder. The Settings menu item at left leads to a Statistics Overview button
that gives information about LPOD visitors. The graphs above show the visitor information from January 1 to June 10 of this year. The upper right
diagram displays the daily number of unique visitors to LPOD. It shows a surprising number of visitors - about 5000 a day. Or there really that many
folks with a daily addition to the Moon? If so, wonderful! The green graph tracks the daily number of page views, which earlier in the year was about
10,000, meaning that on average each visitor looked at two pages. But starting in mid-April the page view numbers became more eratic and much
higher. The most recent spike was for June 8 which featured two Virgin Marys standing on two different depictions of the Moon. There was no increase
in the number of visitors, but each looked at twice as many pages - 4 - as normal. There were 5 links on the June 8 LPOD, so perhaps everyone looked
at them. The long blue graph at bottom right shows that 60% of LPOD viewers are in the USA, and various European countries and Canada and Australia
account for about 15% more. But surprising is that the country that has the third largest number of LPOD visitors in China, with about 5% of all of
LPOD's visitors. Every day, about 250 people in China are interested in lunar science! Perhaps that is due to China's ambitious lunar exploration program -
I would be delighted to learn more about these visitors. Finally, the dark blue graph shows a distressing trend - fewer people are leaving comments than 6
months ago. I must admit it is disappointing when no comments appear, disappointing both for me and the provider of the image. Finally, the 1,598,738
counter shows about 1.6 million people came since the counter started (I don't know when). If there really are 5000 visitors a day the counter should increase
by 1.8 million a year. I don't think it does, so I am uncertain of these statistics, but I do think they show trends that may be meaningful. Comments?
Howard writes: I set up to catch the planetary triangle of Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the western sky, but was drawn to the grinning moon
stealing the show in the east. Then to my surprise, a Delta IV rocket rose next to the mischievous Moon, and for a while the planets were all but
forgotten. Wow! What a glorious sight. Later I also gave the planets their due.
Cannon, 60D 28-200 zoom lens, hand held both images. Moon at 20:31 EDT (3 minutes after launch).
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