Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day ( APOD short; German Astronomy Picture of the Day ) is a website which presents a different image or a different photograph of the universe every day. The image is accompanied by a declaration by an astronomer, usually written by one of the two APOD authors Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry T. Bonnell. The website is operated jointly by NASA and Michigan Technological University ( MTU). The images presented are not necessarily new, and are sometimes repeated, but the image of the day and the related description are often related to a current event in astronomy and space research.

The images include photographs in visible light, shown in false color images of other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, video, animation, or artistic views. Previous images can be viewed in the APOD archive, starting with the first image of 16 June 1995. This is Astronomy Picture of the Day is probably one of the oldest " photo blog" and according to the operator of the largest betextete astronomy pictures collection on the internet. The presented images also come from people and organizations outside of NASA, why APOD images are often not public domain, unlike many other collections of images from NASA.

The APOD project is supported by NASA, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the MTU. In 1996 the site was presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society to a wider audience, and in 2000 was the subject of an investigation on the use of hyperlinks and received in 2001 by the popular science magazine Scientific American a Sci / Tech Web Award. In addition, she was repeatedly taken up in other media, such as 2002 in an interview with one of the two APOD authors Robert Nemiroff in the Saturday Morning News of CNN or in the issue dated November 2004 of library science online magazine D- Lib Magazine.

Astronomy Picture of the Day is mirrored by many other websites and translated into their respective languages. A German translation is maintained by the operators of the astronomy news portal The Orion Eugen Reichl and Maria Pflug - Hofmayr. 2003, the two APOD authors Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell published an illustrated book of the best APOD images entitled The Universe: 365 Days, and in 2006 another entitled Astronomy: 365 Days.

In October 2013, the APOD server was affected by the government shutdown and hardly available via a mirror.