- In a galaxy far far away …
- Where no man has gone before …
- Each day a different image or photograph of our universe …
These are a few famous line which bring forth to mind specific things. The last one is well known among astronomers and astrophotographers as the title line of the webpage Astronomy Picture of the Day, and the famous acronym APOD. The title line is simple and self-explanatory. When an astrophotographer’s image appears on this webpage, congratulatory messages are sent to the particular astrophotographer. It does not matter how seasoned or already famous the astrophotographer is, or how many of his photographs have already graced APOD before. Such is the popularity of the website: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/
Robert J. Nemiroff is an astrophysicist at the Michigan Technological University and NASA Goddard. His research interests include the investigation of gamma-ray bursts, gravitational lensing, terrestrial gamma flashes, cosmology, the generation and use of the digits of irrational numbers. He’s placed video lectures from his classes “Introductory Astronomy” and “Extraordinary Concepts in Physics” on iTunes and elsewhere on the Internet for free. Robert’s personal website can be viewed here: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/htmltest/rjn.html
On the occasion of Nemiroff’s Lecture at the AAAD, we would like to collect and present some of the best pictures taken by astrophotographers in India, before the APOD editor. All of you are invited to send in your images to us to be included in the presentation. Keep in mind the nature of APOD pictures - unusual, spectacular and explaining or depicting some aspect of astronomy, science, astronomical event, spectacular star trails, observatories etc. Don't forget that images need not necessarily be of the sky only. You are welcome to send this link to others, who you may think would have images to submit. The submission is not restricted to amateur astronomers only. May we request professional astronomers also to submit an unusual photo or two of their work place, observing place, actual work …Submission guidelines:
1. Image submitted should have Indian connection.
2. Please submit images with the larger pixel size of 1000 px or more.
3. The images should be unmarked, it is assured that we will watermark the pictures with credit, as provided with the image in an uniform manner.
4. Please write a 50-100 word caption with the image submitted, describing the image.
5. Any number of
images can be submitted by one person. Images can be submitted
on behalf of others too, when mentioning the name of the
6. Images WILL be
selected based on quality and content of the image.
7. The last date of submission is 5th of February 2012.
Credit & Copyright: Apologies to: Vermeer's Astronomer and Geographer
Image Pixelation: Rob StevensonAPOD is 15 Years Old Today
Credit & Copyright: Apologies to: Vermeer's Astronomer and Geographer; Image Pixelation: Rob Stevenson
Explanation: Welcome to the
year of the Astronomy Picture of the Day! Perhaps a source of
web consistency for some, APOD
is still here. As during each of the 15 years of selecting
images, writing text, and editing the APOD
web pages, the occasionally industrious Robert Nemiroff (left)
and frequently persistent Jerry Bonnell (right) are pictured
above plotting to highlight yet another unsuspecting image of
our cosmos. Although the above image may appear similar to the
composite that ran on APOD's fifth
anniversary, a perceptive eye might catch that this year
it has been digitally re-pixelated using many of the over
5,000 APOD images that have appeared
over APOD's tenure. (Can you find any notable APOD images?) Once
again, we at APOD would like to offer a sincere thank you to our
readership for continued interest, support, and many gracious communications.
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