About Friends of APOD

Friends of APOD (FAPOD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland.

In 2014, we started Friends of APOD as an all-volunteer organization to provide financial support for Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), a beautiful and informative astronomy website conceived and edited by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. Before FAPOD, APOD had no system to accept donations from its fans; we set up FAPOD to satisfy that need.

Funds raised by FAPOD, among other things, helps finance travel to represent APOD at conferences, make APOD presentations, and participate in APOD planning meetings. For example, in January 2016, FAPOD funded an APOD Splinter Meeting at the American Astronomical Society meeting (a major astronomy event) organized by Dr. Nemiroff,; that meeting brought these APOD podcasts to APOD’s attention, and now you know about them, too! How other educators use APOD is great information the editors can include in its yearly report to NASA to demonstrate the site’s effectiveness.

Please note that FAPOD is a separate organization from APOD; we have no input over what images appear on APOD and individual contributions to FAPOD are blind to APOD. (We do not reveal how much any individual donated; see exception.)

We are indebted to an anonymous Wookiee for hosting this site at no charge and to Judy Schmidt for her design and management of it.

~ Cathie Meetre, President & Alice Allen, Treasurer

31 thoughts so far. Leave your own below.

  1. In the text above you mention “anonymous Wookiee”. What does that mean?

    Where does one sign up to become a FAPOD ?

  2. A daily pleasure in my life is checking to see what new and exciting picture APOD will deliver to us. Thank you for sharing, please keep it up!

  3. This little web site, nearly unchanged since the dawn of the Internet, has been a source of inspiration to me for many years.

  4. Still remember calling in for the interview on NPR announcing the launch / introduction of the website. CANNOT believe it’s been 20 years. Thanks for the images and movies.

  5. does this make me a “card carrying” member?
    is it suitable for framing?
    do you have any photos of “Kilroy was here” on the moon or Mars?

  6. Eu visito APOD desde há muitos anos, sou feliz por ter esta fonte segura de informações e das mais belas imagens atronômicas.Visito todos os dias. O Astronomy Pìcture of the Day é a fonte principal do meu blog Linha D’Água Imagens Astronômicas. Sem APOD não haveria o blog. Agradeço muito por este serviço pois aprendi muito. Meu filho diz que sou uma leiga com muito conhecimento, bem informada. APOD de continuar por muito tempo para novas gerações fãs de astronomia. Obrigada, muito obrigada mesmo. Glória

  7. I look at APOD every morning, even before I read my mail.
    What a wonderful way to start my day in Munich.

    Thank you so much.

  8. Felicidades y muchas gracias por regalar a diario vuestro valioso conocimiento e imágenes a toda la humanidad.
    Os sigo a diario en España.
    Thank you so much.

  9. I have my browser set to open APOD everyday! It reminds me that we are a tiny part of an infinite universe, which keeps me grounded.

    Here’s to another 20 years!

  10. I didn’t find you on your first day, but it was in 1995. You’ve been my homepage ever since. Thank you for all of the beautiful images and the tantalizing information. You stimulate my need to learn more about our amazing universe, and prompt me to thank God for all of His creation.
    Keep up the great work – thank you for being there every day!!!

  11. Happy Birthday APOD!
    Best part of my morning is opening my browser to see the new APOD and learn a little bit about our universe.
    Thank you for being there for all us, every day!

  12. One of my favorite mental and visual sanctuaries on the web. Thank you for being that and feeding my brain as well as my sense of wonder. Happy 20 years!

  13. Thank you APOD and congrats from México.
    I always start or end my day with this beatiful images.
    Great inspiration for me and all the future astrophysicist.

  14. I, like others, check out APOD everyday to see what wonderful, awe-inspiring photos and information of the universe it brings. Some are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes. Also reminds me that we know very little about this universe we live in but also enforces the appreciation I have for this planet (and/or plane of existence) I live on.
    Thank you for your hard work in putting this site together. It is much appreciated. I hope it will continue.

  15. I have been a fan of APOD for many years and check out your pictures almost every day. I have also followed Robert Nemiroff’s lectures.Fascinating and very educatinal. Please keep going for another 20 years! Well Done to all the team.

  16. One of my “go to everyday check” website.
    Frequently send the pictures to my e- mail and friends.
    And absolutely love the founder’s send of humor and various weather phenomena pictures also, like auroras painting the sky of various places on planet Earth.
    Where artistry interests and scientific data meet!
    Bravo and kudos for your APP.

  17. Thank you guys for the effort and commitment. I have been visiting APOD regally for over 15 years and i still stop and stare in awe at how beautiful our universe is. Big Love, Big Respect,
    Peace

  18. I am a grateful 64 year old who has been visiting your apod website since 1995. The education I have received has been a treasure. I have shared and passed the website to many others. The knowledge gained visiting apod has given me a wondrous view of our universe. Every high lighted word has opened the doors to so many branches to the tree of learning; mathematics, optics, physics, geology, geography,oceanography, astronomy, languages, theology and so much more. My five senses have been stirred after reading the posted pages many many times the last 20 years. My wish is for apod to continue for many more years.Apod keeps the light of learning shining brightly for humanity. Thank You. A temporal earthling.

  19. First off, congratulations on APOD’s 20th anniversary. Today was my first visit to APOD and believe me, it will NOT be my last. I wish I had found your site earlier, I definitely have a lot of catching up to do. The pictures are truly spectacular and I’m thoroughly enjoying reading and learning about each and every one of them. Visiting APOD will definitely become an everyday ritual for me, no doubts. I wish you continued success and many more years of bringing your faithful followers, one of which I have just become, stunning and informative pictures of this vast universe of ours.

  20. It would be nice if each picture contained a circle representing the size of the moon if it were in the scene. Or part of the circle if the moon would be too large.

  21. From the very beginning APOD has been one of the things I look for each day: and it has been a rare day that’s passed without seeing what was there. I have never been disappointed!!! How many things can you say that about? This is one fantastic fabulous journey you have brought us on for which I an forever grateful. I wish you all long life so that this site lasts as long as the universe provides wonders for us to ponder!

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