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. APOD currently has no system to accept donations from its fans; we have set up FAPOD to fill that gap.

Funds raised by FAPOD will, among other things, help finance travel to represent APOD at conferences, make APOD presentations, and participate in APOD planning meetings. NASA supports APOD through a grant; FAPOD will help fund non-NASA-supported APOD efforts.

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,

25 thoughts on “About Friends of APOD”

  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. Thank you all for your dedication, creativity, passion, inclusiveness and love shown in this daily effort.
    Back in October of 2013 I wrote a short article of appreciation under unusual circumstances. Enjoy it, perhaps again, as you are so deserving!


  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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!

  13. Happy 20th Anniversary APOD! Thank you to Dr. Nemiroff and Dr. Bonnell for your dedication to Astronomy and education! Cheers! Sandy Hall

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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