Started in 1995, the world-renowed, spectacular Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website continues to display and annotate many of the best astronomy images of our time. From the Grand Canyon of Mars to distant spiral galaxies sporting powerful explosions, some of the most spectacular and recent images and videos of our universe will be reviewed along with explanations and stories behind them.
Since the beginning, APOD has been written and edited by only two people. Robert Nemiroff is one of those two people and he will be presenting some of the most dramatic astronomy images from APOD. He with tell a few of the occasionally humorous happenstances that have occurred while updating the same website everyday for more than 18 years.
This event will be given in English and moderated in French by Didier Jamet, founder of Ciel des Hommes, the French counterpart to APOD.
About the speakers
Robert Nemiroff has been interested in astronomy since the second grade when he clearly demonstrated an early proficiency by reciting the names of the planets faster than any classmate, including the teacher. Nemiroff received a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and did postdoctoral work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He is now a Professor of physics and astronomy at Michigan Technological University, where his current research interests include sky monitoring and cosmology.
On a clear September night in 1973, Didier Jamet tried to observe the remnants of the Apollo missions on the moon with a cardboard kit telescope, but surprisingly to no avail. Missing the moon, he fell into the stars, and never looked back. He has since provided reports about the few things he understands about the skies above as a regular speaker in mainstream French media and on his own website, Ciel des Hommes, where he provides daily translations of many of Robert Nemiroff's explanations written for the Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD) website.