Astronomy Picture of the Day


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Survey Questions for Astronomy Picture of the Day study


Thank you very much for your interest in Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). We very much appreciate the minutes and hours you have given us viewing our images and reading their captions - your dedication drives us to keep doing the site. This survey is our way of trying to understand what motivates you and what else interests you. Your response will help us better understand viewers like you, and will allow us to improve what we do for you. Thanks!


Some Basics

  1. What is your age?  Required

  2. What is your gender?
    Male
    Female
    Prefer Not to Answer

  3. In what country do you reside?

  4. US: What is your zip code?
    UK: What is the first part of your postal code?        

The Astronomy Picture of the Day

    When you started visiting, on average, how difficult did you find it to understand APOD?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    very easy very difficult Prefer not to answer


    Now, on average, how difficult do you find it to understand APOD?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    very easy very difficult Prefer not to answer


  1. Where did you first hear about APOD?

  2. From where do you most often view APOD?
     From home
     From work
     On the go
     From a computer in a public place (such as a library)
     Other:

What are your reasons for viewing?

  1. We're trying to understand why you view our images compared to why people participate in other projects. How motivating are these reasons to you? Please choose a response to indicate how much of a motivating factor that reason is for you, on a scale from 1 (not at all motivating) to 7 (very motivating).

  2. What are your reasons for looking at Astronomy Picture of the Day?

    I want to see things previously unknown to researchers.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am excited to see the results of current research.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find the site and forums helpful in learning about astronomy.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I can see things few people have seen before.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I can meet other people with similar interests in the forums.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find it to be a useful resource for teaching other people.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I enjoy seeing the beautiful images.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am amazed by the vast scale of the universe.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am interested in astronomy / space science.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find science really interesting.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


  3. Which of the reasons above is MOST important to you when looking at Astronomy Picture of the Day? Select the radio button next to
    your most important reason:
      I want to see things previously unknown to researchers.
      I am excited to see the results of current research.
      I find the site and forums helpful in learning about astronomy.
      I can see things few people have seen before.
      I can meet other people with similar interests in the forums.
      I find it to be a useful resource for teaching other people.
      I enjoy seeing the beautiful images.
      I am amazed by the vast scale of the universe.
      I am interested in astronomy / space science.
      I find science really interesting.

  4. What other image sites do you go to?

  5. What was your attitude toward astronomy before looking at Astronomy Picture of the Day?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    no interest much interest NA


  6. What was your attitude toward astronomy after looking at Astronomy Picture of the Day?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    no interest much interest NA


  7. Do you participate in the Starship Asterisk forum at http://asterisk.apod.com/?
      Yes   No

       b) If no, what are your reasons for not participating in the forum available?
          No interest       Nothing to contribute       I was not aware there was a forum.
          Other:

  8. Which emotion do you feel most often as you use or think about Astronomy Picture of the Day?
    Excitement Informed Pleasure Contentment Intelligent NA

  9. Do you tell others about Astronomy Picture of the Day?   Yes   No
  10. Please check the box next to any science-related activities that you enjoy:
     Before using
    APOD
    After using
    APOD
    Reading popular science magazines (such as New Scientist or Scientific American)
    Reading popular science books
    Amateur astronomy or stargazing
    Other science hobbies (birdwatching, etc.)
    Model building (model airplanes, rockets, etc.)
    Reading or writing science fiction
    Watching science television shows or specials
    Other

  11. Please check the box next to any online collaboration projects you have participated in:
     Before using
    APOD
    After using
    APOD
    SETI@Home
    Stardust@Home
    Clickworkers
    Cornell Birdwatching Public Science Project
    Amazon Mechanical Turk
    The ESP game
    Wikipedia (As a reader)
    Wikipedia (As a contributor)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day (As viewer)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day (As contributor)
    YouTube, Flickr or other media sites (As a viewer)
    YouTube, Flickr or other media sites (As a contributor)
    Other

Demographics

  1. Does your occupation or course of study primarily involve science, technology, engineering or mathematics?
      Yes
      Somewhat
      No

  2. What is the highest level of education you have completed?


One Final Thing...

  1. Do you do any of the following?
    Prefer Not To Answer
    Participate in other online citizen science (e.g. Foldit@Home, Clickworkers)
    Submit observing data to research projects (e.g. AAVSO, Minor Planet Center)
    Do astrophotography
    Observer / stargaze for fun
    Listen to Astronomy Podcasts
    Read Astronomy Blogs
    Look at Astronomy Picture of the Day sites
    Attend astronomy lectures or belong to an astronomy club
    Subscribe to paper astronomy magazines or newsletters

Thank you for answering!