Monday, May 19, 2008

Astronomy Picture of the Day

[Photo by Image Editor.]

Astronomy as art --- what a great way to explore the universe! For several months, I had NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) as my Internet home page (now replaced by my library's search site), and I still use it as a source of beautiful backgrounds for my computer's desktop.

Each day's page features a different image or photograph, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. The description includes links to related astronomy sites and explanations, which makes APOD an excellent resource for students who are interested in learning more than the basics in their general science textbooks.

You can enjoy APOD offline, too. They have published two books: The Universe: 365 Days and Astronomy: 365 Days. I bought Astronomy for my dad for Christmas, and he loves it.

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Henry Cate said...

Yes, APOD is great. I enjoy checking back through the Calendar section to see old pictures.

Denise said...

We use the Calendar frequently. Since my youngest has been studying Psalm 8 ("When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers..."), I have been letting her browse the Calendar each week to choose our desktop background.