Collection: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Collection of photographs by Fefo Bouvier that have been published as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a website maintained by NASA and the Michigan Technological University. According to the website, “each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.”

The site contains the largest collection of astronomical images on the internet. It started in 1995, when the internet was just getting started and Google did not exist.

Its creators are astronomers Robert Nemiroff (a professor at Michigan Technological University) and Jerry Bonnell (a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center).

Working at NASA at the time, they proposed their idea to show the public images from ground-based observatories, space telescopes, robotic probes, and the like. They asked NASA if they could do it through a website and the answer was yes.

When APOD started, it had only 14 views on its first day. Today, the homepage receives over a million visits per day, about 20% of nasa.gov traffic. APOD is also translated daily into 21 languages.

Nemiroff and Bonnell were awarded the Klumpke-Roberts Award in 2015 by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific “for their outstanding contribution to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy” for their work on APOD.

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