Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day
The APOD website on 24 July 2012, displaying that day's astronomy picture of a polar vortex on Titan
Web address .gov.nasaapod
Commercial? No
Type of site Photography website
Available in English (primary)
Owner NASA and MTU
Created by Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
Launched 16 June 1995 (1995-06-16)
Alexa rank 204,943
Current status Active
This image of asteroid 433 Eros as seen from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft was the Astronomy Picture of the Day for June 7, 2009.[1]

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a copyrighted, unlike many other NASA image galleries.[4]

When APOD began it received only 14 page views on its first day. As of 2012 it is estimated that there have been over 1 billion image views.[5] APOD is also translated into 21 languages daily.[6]

APOD was presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1996.[7] Its practice of using hypertext[3] was analyzed in a paper in 2000.[8] It received a Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award in 2001.[9] In 2002, the website was featured in an interview with Nemiroff on CNN Saturday Morning News.[10] In 2003, the two authors published a book titled The Universe: 365 Days[11] 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.[12]

During the US Government shutdown in October 2013, APOD continued its service on mirror-sites.[13][14]

APOD Gallery


  1. ^ APOD for June 7, 2009
  2. ^ Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell (April 3, 2007). "APOD homepage". NASA. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell. "APOD Frequently Asked Questions". NASA. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ Nemiroff, Robert; Jerry Bonnell. "About APOD Image Permissions". NASA. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "APOD Turns 17". APOD. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About APOD". APOD. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "AAS Meeting 187th Program". American Astronomical Society. 1996. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001—Astronomy and Astrophysics". Scientific American. May 14, 2001. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Saturday Morning News — Astronomy Picture of Day transcript". CNN. September 21, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  11. ^ The Universe: 365 Days: Robert J. Nemiroff, Jerry T. Bonnell: Books
  12. ^ Wilson, Bonita (November 2004). "Featured Collection". D-Lib Magazine 10 (11).  
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  14. ^ APOD mirror accessdate October, 4th, 2013

External links

  • 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