Now that we are at the end of 2017, I figured it was time to look back once again at this year’s material on Drew Ex Machina and see which of the 38 new essays I posted during this site’s fourth year online, along with earlier published material, proved to be most popular to my readers. In addition to satisfying my curiosity, this exercise is an attempt to figure out what kinds of articles my readers prefer so that I can focus my attention on similar topics over the coming months when possible. What follows is a review of the Top Ten most popular articles on this site during 2017 based on a raw tally of their page views. If you are interested in checking out any of these articles for yourself, they can be accessed by clicking on the titles or the feature images in the reviews that follow.
An artist’s impression showing how the binary star system of Sirius A and its diminutive blue companion, Sirius B, might appear to an interstellar visitor. (NASA, ESA and G. Bacon – STScI)
#10 New Hubble Observations of the Sirius System
With a V magnitude of -1.46, Sirius is ...