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Acknowledgement: The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is based upon work supported by NASA under award No. 80NSSC17M0076. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Link to our main NASA site: http://apod.nasa.gov/ which will direct you to http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html. This main site is the first to update and the most likely to be up-to-date.

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These addresses will bring you the most recent available Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). Some people find it convenient to bookmark the main APOD page and to refresh it to see the latest APOD. Alternatively, to see past APODs, please click on "Archive" near the bottom of each page. To navigate to the previous day's picture, click on the less than [ < ] symbol near the bottom left of each page. If it is available, you can also navigate to the next day's picture by clicking on the greater than [ > ] symbol near the bottom right of each page.

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    Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is originated, written, coordinated, and edited since 1995 by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.

    APOD in general and the APOD site served from NASA specifically places links solely on information content and does not endorse any commercial product nor guarantee claims or sales made on any linked pages. APOD occasionally repeats images, in part to inform new readers the best of the older images. APOD occasionally reuses APOD text, in part to avoid restating a point that has been well-stated on APOD before.

    In real life, Bob and Jerry are two professional astronomers who spend most of their time researching the universe. Bob is a professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, USA, while Jerry is a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland USA. They are two married, mild and lazy guys who might appear relatively normal to an unsuspecting guest. Together, they have found new and unusual ways of annoying people such as staging astronomical debates. Most people are surprised to learn that they have developed the perfect random number generator.

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    All the images on the APOD page are credited to the owner or institution where they originated. Some of the images are copyrighted and to use these pictures publicly or commercially one must write to the owners for permission. For the copyrighted images, the copyright owner is identified in the APOD credit line (please see the caption under the image), along with a hyperlink to the owner's location. NASA images are in the public domain, official guidelines for their use can be found here. For images credited to other owners/institutions, please contact them directly for copyright and permissions questions.

    Neither NASA nor APOD can grant permission to use copyrighted images. For use of these images, please write to the copyright owners.

    Do you enjoy APOD? Do you have a picture that would make a good APOD? If so, we would enjoy hearing from you. Images are submitted by email to Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell as described on the APOD Submissions page. In addition, they can be posted to this web site. Please note that by submitting your image to APOD, you are consenting for your image to be used on APOD in all of its forms unless you explicitly note otherwise. These include mirror sites, world language mirror sites as listed above, new media mirror sites as listed above, yearly calendars, and direct APOD derivative products.

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    Thank you for sharing the APOD experience! We genuinely hope you have had an entertaining and educational few moments with us.

    Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day
    Robert Nemiroff's participation in APOD was supported, in part, for a few years, by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

    Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
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