Astronomy Pictures of the Year:
2003/2004:
Jerry T. Bonnell
NASA Goddard & USRA
Top Five NASA Images
of all Time*
*Yes, it’s subjective!
STS-1: First Shuttle Launch
A Twisted Solar Eruptive Prominence
M16: Stars from Eagle's EGGs
Earth Rise
Top Five APOD Images
of all Time*
Earth at Night
M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
Looking Back on an Eclipsed Earth
The Big Corona
Inside the Eagle Nebula
Image Credits
• Top NASA: All NASA (no joke!)
• Top APOD:
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Earth at Night: DMSP Satellites
M31: © Robert Gendler
Eclipsed Earth: © CNES
Big Corona: © Fred Espenak, NASA
Eagle Nebula: © AURA, NOAO, NSF
Astronomy Pictures of the Year:
2003/2004:
Jerry T. Bonnell
NASA Goddard & USRA
Sources for Great New
Astronomy Images on the Web
• News pages of major telescopes
– Example: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/
• Image galleries of major telescopes
– Example: http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/
– Example: http://heritage.stsci.edu/
• space.com
• Sky & Telescope: http://skyandtelescope.com/news/
• Astronomy Magazine: http://astronomy.com/home.asp
• CNN Space: http://cnn.com/TECH/space/
• APOD: http://apod.nasa.gov/
How the images were chosen
• By APOD Editors from the 2003/4 APODs
– RJN, JTB nearly awake, almost coherent
– Yes, it’s VERY subjective
• Most likely to be included in a future
astronomy textbook
• Most likely to interest students in Astro 101
• Images from this AAS meeting most likely
too new
What is APOD?
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Web site started at NASA in 1995
Written & edited w/ Robert Nemiroff (MTU)
Features a different astronomy image every day
Mirror sites now translate APOD into most major
languages daily
• Hypertext is “best link”, leverages the full web
• Archive is encyclopedic and searchable
– Need an astronomy image? Good chance APOD’s got it!
NOT in the Top 10
(But appeared on APOD in 2003/2004)
A New Constellation Takes Hold
A Chicago Meteorite Fall
Egging On the Autumnal Equinox
Cool Amateur
Pictures
(But still not in the top 10)
An Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse
Mars Rising Behind Elephant Rock
The Tails of Comet NEAT (Q4)
Sunrise Analemma
A Mercury Transit Sequence
Really Cool
(But still not in the top 10)
The Long Shadow of the Moon
Will the Universe End in a Big Rip?
Big Mars from Hubble
Space Rock SQ222 Noticed After Pass
The Sagittarius Dwarf Tidal Stream
The Sun's Surface in 3D
Composite Crab
X-Rays from the Galactic Core
Top 10
Astronomy
Pictures of the
Year 2003/4*
The Andromeda Galaxy from GALEX
Inside the Elephant's Trunk (from the Spitzer Space Telescope)
The 2MASS Galaxy Sky
Zooming in on the First Stars
Opportunity Rover Indicates Ancient Mars Was Wet
Abell 1689 Warps Space
Hubble Ultra
TheThe
Andromeda
DeepDeep
FieldField
Large Sunspot Groups 10484 and 10486
V838 Light Echo: The Movie
WMAP Resolves the Universe
The past year has been
extraordinary for astronomy!
Image Credits and Copyrights
Not in the Top 10
• A New Constellation Takes Hold
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A Chicago Meteorite Fall
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Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO
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Anthony Ayiomamitis
A Mercury Transit Sequence
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Dominique Dierick
Really Cool
• The Long Shadow of the Moon
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J. Descloitres, MOTIS, NASA
J. Hester (ASU) et al., Chandra, HST, NASA
X-rays from the Galactic Core
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G. Scharmer (ISP, RSAS), Lockheed-Martin
Composite Crab
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R. Ibata (Strasbourg) et al. 2MASS, NASA
The Sun’s Surface in 3D
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Drawing: D. Martinez-Delgado (MPIA) etal.
Canis Major: A New Closest Galaxy
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LONEOS Team, Lowell Observatory
The Sagittarius Dwarf Tital Stream
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J. Bell (Cornell) et al., STScI, NASA
Space Rock SQ222 Notices After Pass
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Illustration: Lynette Cook
Big Mars from Hubble
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Wally Pacholka
Sunrise Analemma
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Fred Bruenjes
Mars Rising Behind Elephant Rock
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Phil Plait aka “The Bad Astronomer”
Cool Amateur Pictures
• An Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse
Will the Universe End in a Big Rip?
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Ivan and Colby Navarro
Egging on the Autumnal Equinox
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F. Baganoff (MIT) et al., Chandra, NASA
Light Can Twist as Well as Spin
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M. J. Padgett et al. (Glasgow), Royal Society
Image Credits and Copyrights
Top 10
• The Andromeda Galaxy from GALEX
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Inside the Elephant's Trunk
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Mars Exploration Rover Mission, JPL, NASA
Abell 1689 Warps Space
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Visualization: Ralf Kaehler (ZIB) & Tom Abel (Penn. State);
Simulation: Tom Abel (Penn. State), Greg Bryan (Oxford) & Mike Norman (UCSD)
Opportunity Rover Indicates Ancient Water on Mars
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T. H. Jarrett et al., 2MASS
Zooming in on the First Stars
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Spitzer Space Telescope Team, W. Reach (Caltech), JPL, Caltech, NASA
The 2MASS Galaxy Sky
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GALEX Team, Caltech, NASA
N. Benitez (JHU), et al., ACS Science Team, HST, NASA
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field
– S. Bechwith (STScI) et al., ESA, NASA
Large Sunspot Groups 10484 and 10486
– Juan Carlos Casado
WMAP Resolves the Universe
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WMAP Science Team, NASA
Postscripts
• The Astronomy Picture of the Day website
is available online at http://apod.nasa.gov/
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