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The picture of the day (POTD) is a feature that is automatically updated each day with a featured picture on the English Wikipedia. Although it is generally scheduled by one editor (currently Amakuru), anyone can contribute. If you have concerns about today's or tomorrow's POTD, please post at Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors. If you have concerns about an upcoming POTD, consider either fixing it yourself or posting at Wikipedia talk:Picture of the day or User talk:Amakuru.

Today's featured picture

Neptune

Neptune is the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun in the Solar System. In the Solar System, it is the fourth-largest planet by diameter, the third-most-massive planet and the densest giant planet. Neptune is 17 times the mass of Earth, slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus. Neptune is denser and physically smaller than Uranus because its greater mass causes more gravitational compression of its atmosphere. Neptune orbits the Sun once every 164.8 years at an average distance of 30.1 au (4.5 billion km; 2.8 billion mi). It is named after the Roman god of the sea and has the astronomical symbol ♆, a stylised version of the god Neptune's trident.

This picture of Neptune was taken by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles (7.1 million kilometres) from the planet, approximately four days before closest approach. The photograph shows the Great Dark Spot, a storm about the size of Earth, in the centre, while the fast-moving bright feature nicknamed the "Scooter" and the Small Dark Spot can be seen on the western limb. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as the spacecraft's cameras could resolve them.

Photograph credit: NASA / JPL

Guidelines[edit]

  1. The picture must already be a featured picture. To nominate a picture, see featured picture candidates.
  2. Featured images are currently selected in roughly the order in which they were promoted (i.e. a first in, first out order). See the featured pictures candidates archive for this order. Exceptions are made for anniversaries of events or for national holidays.
  3. Not all featured pictures will appear as POTD. Wikipedia:Picture of the day/Unused has a list of those that have been skipped.

POTD on your user page[edit]

You can insert the POTD on your user page or talk page by adding the text {{Pic of the day}}. It will be displayed in a box of no more than 600 pixels wide and will include a blurb based on the article in which the image appears. A version without text is also available via {{POTD}}.

It is also possible to create your own custom POTD layouts, in case the already-existing versions will not look good within your user page design. Mix and match the following components to make your own. This system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007. Be sure to replace [date] with an appropriate date value. For a dynamically updating version, use {{#time:Y-m-d}} (example: {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|image}}).

Template Description Renders as
{{POTD/[date]|image}} The name of the image, without the File: prefix Neptune Full.jpg
{{POTD/[date]|size}} The size of the image, without the trailing px 350
{{POTD/[date]|caption}} The image caption (blurb) Neptune is the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun in the Solar System. In the Solar System, it is the fourth-largest planet by diameter, the third-most-massive planet and the densest giant planet. Neptune is 17 times the mass of Earth, slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus. Neptune is denser and physically smaller than Uranus because its greater mass causes more gravitational compression of its atmosphere. Neptune orbits the Sun once every 164.8 years at an average distance of 30.1 au (4.5 billion km; 2.8 billion mi). It is named after the Roman god of the sea and has the astronomical symbol ♆, a stylised version of the god Neptune's trident.

This picture of Neptune was taken by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles (7.1 million kilometres) from the planet, approximately four days before closest approach. The photograph shows the Great Dark Spot, a storm about the size of Earth, in the centre, while the fast-moving bright feature nicknamed the "Scooter" and the Small Dark Spot can be seen on the western limb. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as the spacecraft's cameras could resolve them.

{{POTD/[date]|title}} A link to the article the image represents Neptune
{{POTD/[date]|texttitle}} A linkless short caption, also useful as an alt attribute Neptune
{{POTD/[date]|credit}} The credit line of the image, including the genre (e.g. photograph, painting) Photograph credit: NASA / JPL

There are two additional predefined layouts:

  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|column}}: This has the image and caption above each other with no borders. Used on some of the Main Page alternatives and also suitable for user pages.
  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|row}}: This has the image and caption encapsulated in (usually) a single table row. This is the version used on the current Main Page.

It is also possible to permanently feature a POTD for a selected day. Just add a specific value for the date you want. For example, today's POTD is {{POTD/2019-09-23|image}}. Likewise, you can use date parameters with the other templates as well. If you like the pre-made formats, you can use date parameters there as well, like this: {{Pic of the day|date=2019-09-23}} or {{POTD|date=2019-09-23}}. Again, this system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007.

As a userbox[edit]

Code Result
{{User:CFeyecare/templates/POTD}}
Neptune Full.jpg This user enjoys the
Picture of the Day.¤
Usage

Random POTD[edit]

Use {{User:My Chemistry romantic/Templates/Random POTD}} to display a randomly selected POTD.

{{User:Tyw7/picofday}} also displays a randomly selected POTD, but without the header and footer.

POTD thumb[edit]

When you want to display the POTD like an ordinary thumbnail, similar to {{WP:Wikimedia Commons/POTD}}, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia}}. For instance, if you want a thumbnailed version, floated right, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia|float=right|title=yes|thumb=yes}}.

Older POTDs[edit]

If you want to permanently include a POTD that was selected between November 1, 2004 and December 31, 2006, use the following: {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/[month] [day], [year]}} or {{Wikipedia:POTD/[month] [day], [year]}}. For example, {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/December 31, 2006}}.

POTDs selected from May 2004 through October 2004 are only accessible in month-at-a-time archives and can only be placed on user pages by using standard image syntax.


Picture of the day archive



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