APOD – Astronomy Picture Of The Day. The hugely popular project was dreamed up 20 years ago by two NASA scientist, Dr. Robert Nemiroff and Dr. Jerry Bonnell. We can say without exaggeration that the majority of the astronomy community follows APOD that is hosted by NASA.
The ‘Astronomy Picture Of the Day’ is published at 6am every day (Hungarian time zone) and generates worldwide attention. In Hungary it’s such an honour to get one’s picture published that it gets to the headlines right away and it is even announced on the national state TV and Radio. In the recent months APOD has been a hot topic on the Hungarian Astronomical mailing lists. There are several discussions about how the sites operates. What are the selection criteria? Who runs the site? How many people are involved in running such a huge project? To get the best answers for all these puzzling questions I decided to ask the people behind the APOD machinery and learn what motivates them and how does the most popular astronomical site works. Because everyone knows their work, but few know the two people behind it.
The following copyrighted interview, was published in January 2016 in Meteor, the magazine of the Hungarian Astronomical Association. It was a great pleasure to talk with with Dr. Nemiroff and Dr. Bonell. Thank you for being available for us!
Dr. Robert Nemiroff and Dr. Jerry Bonnell