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NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

Education Podcasts

These podcasts are my discussion of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. These are brief (3-5 minute) audio summaries of the picture posted on NASA's Picture of the Day website: APOD. Video versions of these are available on YouTube. I use these as the introduction to each of my introductory astronomy classes. Students will be able to access them here to review what was discussed in class. I appreciate any comments or suggestions which can be sent to: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com.

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These podcasts are my discussion of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. These are brief (3-5 minute) audio summaries of the picture posted on NASA's Picture of the Day website: APOD. Video versions of these are available on YouTube. I use these as the introduction to each of my introductory astronomy classes. Students will be able to access them here to review what was discussed in class. I appreciate any comments or suggestions which can be sent to: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com.

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Episodes
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2024 July 21 - King of Wings Hoodoo under the Milky Way

7/21/2024
In today's image, we see the King of Wings Hoodoo which is a rock formation where the softer rock below has been worn away, leaving the harder rock hanging out over nothing. Up above in the sky, we wee the Milky Way which is our spiral galaxy as we see it from within. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Duration:00:03:45

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2024 July 20 - Apollo 11 Landing Panorama

7/20/2024
In today's image, we see a panoramic image put together from some of the original images taken be Neil Armstrong when Apollo 11 first landed on the Moon 55 years ago today. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 19 - Anticrepuscular Rays at the Planet Festival

7/19/2024
In today's image, we see the Planet Festival on Earth in the foreground. In the sky, we see anti crepuscular rays heading off in to the distance, seeming to converge over the castle on top of the mountain. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 18 - Messier 24: Sagittarius Star Cloud

7/18/2024
In today's image, we see a star cloud in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius. This is a gap in the dust in this part of the galaxy, allowing us a view deeper into the galaxy than we can normally see with just visible light. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 - July 17 - Villarrica Volcano Against the Sky

7/17/2024
In today's image, we see the Villarrica volcano in Chile as it erupts. Earth is one of the few objects with active volcanoes like this. The other active object would be Jupiter's moon, Io. There are also icy volcanoes known in the outer solar system as well as extinct volcanoes on Venus and Mars. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 16 - Cometary Globules

7/16/2024
In today's image, we see what are known as cometary globules. While these have nothing to do with comets, they do bear a resemblance to the comets we find in our solar system. They are actually compact regions where stars are currently forming in our galaxy. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 15 - The Tadpole Galaxy from Hubble

7/15/2024
In today's image, we see the galaxy known as the Tadpole Galaxy for the long tail stretching away from it. The tail is caused by a previous interaction with another galaxy which has caused material to be pulled out of the galaxy in a tidal stream. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 14 - Meteor Misses Galaxy

7/14/2024
In today's image, we see the Triangulum Galaxy, also known as M33 which is one of the three large spiral galaxies in our local group. We also see a meteor that happened by chance to appear in the frame as the image was being taken. The meteor is within our atmosphere while the Galaxy is about 3 million light years away. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 13 - Solar System Family Portrait

7/13/2024
In today's image, we see a portrait of the solar system showing 6 of the 8 plates in our solar system with Mercury and Mars not being visible because of their position relative to the glare of the Sun. The image was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft back in 1990. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 12 - Jones-Emberson 1

7/12/2024
In today's image, we see a planetary nebula which is the end state of a star much like our own Sun. At the end of the life of the star, the core compacts down to a white dwarf star while the outer layers are expelled out into space. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 11 - Globular Star Cluster Omega Centauri

7/11/2024
In today's image, we see the globular star cluster known as Omega Centauri. This may actually be the remnant core of a galaxy whose outer laters were stripped off during an encounter with the Milky Way in the past. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 10 - A Sagittarius Triplet

7/10/2024
In today's image, we see several nebulae in the constellation of Sagittarius. These include the Triffid Nebula and the Lagoon Nebula. This is a region of star formation which includes a number of emission nebulae as well as a reflection nebula. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Duration:00:03:32

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2024 July 09 - Noctilucent Clouds over Florida

7/9/2024
In today's image, we see noctilucent or night shining clouds. These are clouds that are high enough in Earth's atmosphere that they can be seen illuminated by the Sun at times just before sunrise or just after sunset. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Duration:00:03:34

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2024 July 08 - Exoplanet Zoo: Other Stars

7/8/2024
In today's image, we see some of the over 5500 exoplanets that have been confirmed to exist. We find all sorts of planets, including planets of intermediate size which do nor exist in our solar system - the SuperEarths and MiniNeptunes. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 07 - Iridescent Clouds over Sweden

7/6/2024
In today's image, we see iridescent clouds in Earth's atmosphere. These occur when sunlight is diffracted off of similar sized water drops in thin clouds in Earth's upper atmosphere. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 06 - Caroline's Rose

7/6/2024
In today's image, we see the star cluster known as Caroline's Rose. The cluster is named for its discoverer, Caroline Herschel who found this cluster back in the late 1700s. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 05 - Mount Etna Milky Way

7/5/2024
In today's image, we see Mount Etna here on Earth and our Milky Way up in the sky. The Milky Way is our own spiral galaxy as we see it from within. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 04 - A Beautiful Trifid

7/4/2024
In today's image, we see the Trifid Nebula, also known as M20. This is a part of a stat forming region and shows the different types of nebulae that can be present here, including Dark Nebulae, Reflection Nebulae, and Emission Nebulae. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Duration:00:03:49

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2024 July 03 - M83: Star Streams and a Thousand Rubies

7/3/2024
In today's image, we see the spiral galaxy known as M83. This is an example of a spiral galaxy and shows the signs of extensive star formation, including the blue color of the spiral arms from the hot stars that have formed there to the red "rubies" which dot the spiral arms and are glowing hydrogen gas, excited by these stars. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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2024 July 02 - NGC 602: Oyster Star Cluster

7/2/2024
In today's image, we see the Oyster Star Cluster also known as NGC 602. This is a young star cluster and parts of it are still forming. We will see two images, one from Hubble and the other which adds in x-ray and infrared to the image to give a more complete picture. My podcasts are available in video form through this YouTube Channel. This Podcast is an authorized New Media Mirror Site for APOD. You can access the image and website directly at: Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can use the archive link below the image to select the photo corresponding to the date of this podcast. I welcome comments and suggestions about these podcasts. I can be reached here: wagnerastronomy@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.