APOD is since long one of my favourite sites. From my early childhood I loved to lay on the lawn in the evenings or at night and look up to the sky. I just admired the sparkling stars and in a kind I felt "at home". Later i started wondering what all the sparkling points in the sky might be, and my grandfather gave me an old magazine - must have been from the early Fifties or Forties - about "the universe" and what was known about it its miracles by that time. Thus I started learning to read! He also told my about all the classic motives and asterisks he knew about and teached me to find them. Sometimes, when I was watching the nightly skies, lying on the ground (what I found more comfortable than sitting or standing) I kind of "fell" into the skies and had a feeling of flying and travelling through space and time. Even nowadays I sometimes get this feelings. And beside from all these feelings I tried to learn and understand more about what our seemingly endless surrounding might be and what kind of miracles and wonders it contains. I am no scientist at all.
Some years ago a friend of mine showed me APOD, and from that time on I am a daily customer of your well done site. The pictures are always fascinating, even though from time to time pictures are shown that are already in the archives. The explanations teached me a lot of things I didn't know before and are written in a way that is mostly understandible even for people with no technical or scientific background. And thus, time after time, the background grows. This is also due to the many links you offer in your explanations that get deeper into the topics. Someone here critizised that sometimes (or often) one word, when repeated, gives links to different pages. I, on the other hand, think especially this a very good idea, as by that way, the same topic is shown from different sides and often offers opportunities to get deeper into the topics.
I just wanted to say, just keep on hosting this site just the way it is! I am a great fan of your carefully done work!