Behind the Paper Top Ten: 2019

Our most viewed Behind the Paper posts of 2019

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Happy New Year!

Let's begin 2020 with a run-down of our Top Ten most viewed* Behind the Paper posts of 2019, which is book-ended by black holes!

  1. John Wise takes the top spot with his post on the formation of massive black holes

  2. A post from November is in at no.2 - Eleonora Di Valentino writes about a possible crisis for cosmology

  3. In our third most viewed Behind the Paper of 2019, Tim Lichtenberg discusses the role of 26Al in forming rocky vs. oceanic planetary systems.  

  4. The evolution of Saturn’s mid-sized moons is the topic of our fourth most viewed post, contributed by Marc Neveu

  5. In at no.5, a post detailing the discovery of the long sought-for tidal stream of Omega Centauri, contributed by Khyati Malhan.

  6. Thankful Cromartie’s Behind the Paper from September is our sixth most viewed post. She describes measuring the most massive neutron star ever observed

  7. From the biggest star to the shortest orbit, Kevin Burge’s post on the white dwarf binary ZTF J1539+5027 is at no.7.

  8. A post by Xiaodian Chen describing an updated map of the Milky Way’s Galactic disk is the eighth most viewed Behind the Paper of 2019. 

  9. Natsuki Hosono and his origin of the moon contribution from April is our ninth most viewed Behind the Paper. 

  10. And just making the Top Ten, is Guido Risaliti’s post on estimating the luminosity of quasars

Thanks to all our Behind the Paper contributors from 2019 (we published 83 posts) and congratulations to those that made our Top Ten. We look forward to many more astronomical stories in 2020. 

If you would like to post a Behind the Paper and don't see the 'Contribute' option along the menu bar, then please get in touch with us and we can update your profile. 

We also happily welcome Behind the Papers from journals other than our own, like this one by Phil Cigan on a paper he published in the Astrophysical Journal. 

*using Google Analytics. 

Poster image is from Jon Wise’s Behind the Paper (no.1). 

Ruth Milne

Past Springer Nature Staff Member, Springer Nature


Go to the profile of May Chiao
almost 2 years ago

Thanks for compiling this list, Ruth! I missed some of them the first time round.