Yesterday NASA’s very own Astronomy Picture of the Day, APOD as it is known, celebrated their 17th year of being on the Internet and sharing great space related photos with everyone.

To mark this milestone they even created a very special image that features at least 14 different galaxies which were photographed by the Hubble Telescope.


Here is some background on the two individuals responsible for curating this window to the universe:

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.

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.

In the Windows Phone Marketplace there are five apps available for keeping up with the APOD and are listed below in the order of their popularity based on user ratings: