NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a website provided by NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU). Its mission goal is stated as "Each day a different image or photograph of our universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."
Dr. Robert J. Nemiroff and Dr. Jerry T. Bonnell were awarded the 2015 Klumpke-Roberts Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific "for outstanding contributions to public understanding and appreciation of astronomy" for their work on APOD since 1996.
When APOD began it received only 14 page views on its first day. It has since received over a billion image views. It received a Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award in 2001.
APOD images are stored in the NASA APOD Archive, with the first image appearing on June 16, 1995. This initiative has received support from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and MTU.
The stunning and amazing images created by the iTelescope members and users have been featured on the APOD pages on over 37 occasions since it began services with its first APOD featured in 2006. They include comets galaxies and nebulas in incredible detail and are truly some of the finest examples of the art of astrophotography.
All can be viewed with links to the APOD pages by visiting our Member APOD Gallery.