On June 16, 1995 NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU) launched a new website called The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). APOD was presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1996. It received a Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award in 2001.
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 whimsical Vermeer 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.