bobmacw wrote:There is one thing I see missing on the APOD page - a durable link for re-posting. There are many great APODs that I want to share, and in so doing get other people interested. But it seems the only way to do this is to wait until it's archived, and share the archive link. But maybe I'm just not seeing it.
Keep up the great work.
Psst, Bob - You don't have to wait for the APOD to be archived to send the link.
Two ways you can forward the link before it's archived. One: you can go down below the article where the link is for the archives, and click on the left arrow ( < ) next to it. This takes you to yesterday's APOD. Then you go down below that article and click on the caption for 'tomorrow's' picture and that takes you to what is actually today's APOD. You will notice that there is now a full link in the address bar. Highlight that, and paste it in your message to whomever you're sending the APOD.
The other way is to check out the difference in the address bar between today's APOD when you first go to the site, and when you go to yesterday's APOD. The difference is that there's a date in yesterday's APOD; but not one in today's - at first. Clear as mud, right? Here's an example, using today's APOD (06-25-12 which is a breathtakingly magnificent shot of the Milky Way over Piton l'Eau).
When you first go to today's APOD the address says http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
. When you go to the end of the article, look below it and there is a line of links, including the one for 'archives', which looks like this: < | Archive | Index | Search | Calendar | RSS | Education | About APOD | Discuss | > ) . Click on the left arrow < next to 'archives' and it takes you to yesterday's APOD (06-24-12, which is a pic of the Apollo 17 lunar rover). The address now says http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120624.html
. Notice that it no longer says 'astropix', but instead 'ap' and there's a date in that address; year (12), month (06), Day (24).
Now - from the June 24 2012 pic of the Lunar Rover to get a link for the June 25 2012 pic of the Milky Way, you can either click on the title link for 'tomorrow's picture', which in this case is 'reflected galaxy' (Tomorrow's picture: reflected galaxy), and when it takes you to the 6/25/12 pic, copy and paste that address; or when you first go to the APOD page for today's picture, and the address reads http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
, just change the address to include the date, with 'ap': so now http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
(for 06-25-12) would read: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120625.html
or whatever date you want.
I hope that helps. It's really not as difficult to do as it is to explain in writing.
As to the Reader's Poll, there needs to be a space for an explanation of why I would have chosen the 'neutral' choice because I've been a 'sky geek' pretty much since the day I was born. I was (and still am) fascinated with the stars and even more with traveling up there with them, so I followed stories of NASA in 'My Weekly Reader' and the daily newspaper and tv. When I discovered APOD it just enriched my 'sky' experience, and continues to do so. So - APOD has not increased my interest in NASA, because I was interested in NASA before I found APOD.
However - because some of these polls tend to take 'negative' or even neutral data, and use it to degrade or destroy or even remove a website, I voted 'strongly agree' instead of 'neither agree nor disagree'. I love APOD and I don't want to see it go.
Keep up the good work! The pictures are magnificent! The stories and links are fascinating. A very wise friend once told me that I should try to learn something new every day. Thank you, APOD and NASA, for helping me in my neverending search for knowledge.