Astronomy Picture of the Day
The APOD website on 29 March 2015, displaying that day's astronomy picture of Shadow of a Martian Robot
Type of site
|Available in||English (primary)|
|Owner||NASA and MTU|
|Created by||Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell|
|Launched||16 June 1995|
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a website provided by NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU). According to the website, "Each day a different image or photograph of our universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer." The photograph does not necessarily correspond to a celestial event on the exact day that it is displayed, and images are sometimes repeated. However, the pictures and descriptions often relate to current events in astronomy and space exploration. The text has several hyperlinks to more pictures and websites for more information. The images are either visible spectrum photographs, images taken at non-visible wavelengths and displayed with false colors, video footage, animations, artist’s conceptions, or micrographs that relate to space or cosmology. Past images are stored in the APOD Archive, with the first image appearing on June 16, 1995. This initiative has received support from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and MTU. The images are sometimes authored by people or organizations outside NASA, and therefore APOD images are often copyrighted, unlike many other NASA image galleries.
APOD was presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1996. Its practice of using hypertext was analyzed in a paper in 2000. It received a Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award in 2001. In 2002, the website was featured in an interview with Nemiroff on CNN Saturday Morning News. In 2003, the two authors published a book titled The Universe: 365 Days from Harry N. Abrams, which is a collection of the best images from APOD as a hardcover "coffee table" style book. APOD was the Featured Collection in the November 2004 issue of D-Lib Magazine.
Dr. Robert J. Nemiroff and Dr. Jerry T. Bonnell were awarded the 2015 Klumpke-Roberts Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific "for outstanding contributions to public understanding and appreciation of astronomy" for their work on APOD.
The industrious Robert Nemiroff (left) and persistent Jerry Bonnell (right), still engaged in creating the APOD web pages.
Asteroid Eros Reconstructed (June 7, 2009)
Big Beautiful Saturn (December 25, 2004)
- Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell (April 3, 2007). "APOD homepage". NASA. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell. "APOD Frequently Asked Questions". NASA. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell. "About APOD Image Permissions". NASA. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- "APOD Turns 17". APOD. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "About APOD". APOD. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "AAS Meeting 187th Program". American Astronomical Society. 1996. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
- Carr, Leslie; Hall, Wendy; Miles-Board, Timothy (February 29, 2000). "Writing and Reading Hypermedia on the Web". Technical Report, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
- "Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001—Astronomy and Astrophysics". Scientific American. May 14, 2001. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
- "Saturday Morning News — Astronomy Picture of Day transcript". CNN. September 21, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
- The Universe: 365 Days: Robert J. Nemiroff, Jerry T. Bonnell: Books
- Wilson, Bonita (November 2004). "Featured Collection". D-Lib Magazine 10 (11). doi:10.1045/november2004-featured.collectiones.
- APOD mirror accessdate October, 4th, 2013
- APOD for June 7, 2009
- APOD for November 17, 1997
- APOD for July 11, 1999
- APOD for December 25, 2004
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- Official website
- APOD Archive
- About APOD – includes a list of mirror websites
- Astronomy Picture of the Day RSS Feed – Official RSS feed
- Official list of alternative (mirror) sites for when the NASA APOD site is down
- Observatorio – Spanish official translation, with web2.0 features
- Starship Asterisk* – APOD and General Astronomy Discussion Forum
- Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) – Unofficial Facebook Page
- Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) – Unofficial Google+ Page
- APOD email service
- Unofficial APOD Mirror (Chinese)
- APOD email service (Chinese)
- List of APOD Mirrors and Social Sites