It is always a wonderful experience to look at the night sky and gaze at the beautiful constellations, but the naked eye can only see so much. However, with the help of NASA, astronomers, astrophotographers and other scientific contributors, you can view the sights of our universe directly from the Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
To be clear, this is nothing new. The exciting website was founded in 1
The site is also available – as a mirror site – in dozens of other countries and languages, making it easier for everyone to enjoy the images every day. Of course, the site also has companion mobile apps for iOS and Android, so you can get your astronomy fix on the go.
Only the image of the current day is actively displayed on the site, but a quick visit to the archive will take you to a list of all previous images arranged by date, starting with the most recent. Likewise, you can also go to the site’s index and view images by subject such as space stations, binary stars, dark matter, Jupiter’s moons, messy objects or quasars, and active galactic cores.
The site itself is quite simple and straightforward, keeping the focus on the thousands of beautiful images it has posted over the decades, such as Pleiades: The Seven Sisters Star Cluster, NGC 1499: The California Nebula, Stars over an Erupting Volcano, Galaxies in the River, The Magnificent Horsehead Nebula, and the Ghost Aurora over Canada. Each image is also high resolution. Clicking on an image will open a larger, higher-resolution version in a new tab, which you can spend hours staring at.
And if you’re a backyard astronomer yourself, you can submit your own awesome images to the site from the Submissions page.