long or short URLs

So currently I'm agonising over whether to entirely reconstruct my clearlyexplained.com website. 

would the URL: 

clearlyexplained.com/astronomy be better than clearlyexplained.com/technology/science/astronomy.

At first glance it may well be better to go with simple, but it is less informative. In terms of being able to easily copy and paste the URL it is in fact as short as an wikipedia entry

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy
clearlyexplained.com/astronomy

The alternative is to retain some pages and structure. The top drop down menus no longer would link. If anyone linked to anything on another webpage the link would be dead and end up here. How would you feel being there? may be if I put search box in that 404 page?




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