APOD, The Universe, &
NASA’s Best Images
Robert Nemiroff
What is APOD?
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Web site started at NASA in 1995
Written & edited w/ Jerry Bonnell (USRA/NASA)
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!
Top 16 APOD
Images of
2003*
Abell 1689 Warps Space
Comet NEAT Approaches the Sun
A New Constellation Takes Hold
V838 Light Echo: The Movie
The 2MASS Galaxy Sky
Dumbbell Nebula Close-Up from Hubble
SIRTF Streak
A Chicago Meteorite Fall
Zooming in on the First Stars
Launch of the Spirit Rover Toward Mars
The Colorful Horsehead Nebula
Big Mars from Hubble
Large Sunspot Groups 10484 and 10486
WMAP Resolves the Universe
Image Credits and Copyrights
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Abell 1689 Warps Space
– ACS Team, ESA, NASA
Comet NEAT Approaches the Sun
– Anton Spenko (Rezmon Observatory)
A New Constellation Takes Hold
– Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO
V838 Light Echo: The Movie
– H. Bond (STScI), A. Henden (USNO
Flagstaff), Z. Levay (STScI), et al.,
ESA, NASA
The 2MASS Galaxy Sky
– 2MASS, T. H. Jarrett, J. Carpenter, &
R. Hurt
Dumbbell Nebula Close-Up from Hubble
– C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt) et al., Hubble
Heritage Team (STScI / AURA), NASA
Rollout of a Soyuz TMA-2 Aboard an R7
Rocket
– Scott Andrews, NASA
SIRTF Streak
– Ben Cooper
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A Chicago Meteorite Fall
– Ivan and Colby Navarro
Zooming in on the First Stars
– Visualization: Ralf Kaehler (ZIB) &
Tom Abel (Penn. State);
Simulation:
Tom Abel (Penn. State), Greg Bryan
(Oxford) & Mike Norman (UCSD)
Launch of the Spirit Rover Toward Mars
– Dan Maas (Maas Digital), Ecliptic
Enterprises Corporation, Boeing, NASA
The Colorful Horsehead Nebula
– Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, J.-C.
Cuillandre (CFHT), Coelum
Big Mars from Hubble
– J. Bell (Cornell U.), M. Wolff (SSI) et
al., STScI, NASA
The Andromeda Deep Field
– T. M. Brown (STScI) et al., ESA,
NASA
Large Sunspot Groups 10484 and 10486
– Juan Carlos Casado
WMAP Resolves the Universe
– WMAP Science Team, NASA
Intermission
Just a few cool images from Mars
A Face On Mars
Slightly Above Mars Pathfinder
Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars
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
• Mars: All NASA
• Top NASA: All NASA (no joke!)
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Earth at Night: DMSP Satellites
Microwave Background: WMAP, NASA
Sun: SOHO, NASA
Andromeda Galaxy: © Robert Gendler
Eagle Nebula: © AURA, NOAO, NSF
Many of these images can be found here:
Postscripts
• The Astronomy Picture of the Day website
is available online at http://apod.nasa.gov/.
• The Universe: 365 Days book is available
at most bookstores including the AMNH
museum bookstore.
• See the Sky: Join the Amateur Astronomers
Association of New York!
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