In the 60s, my parents bought me a $25 Gilbert 3.5" cardboard tube Newtonian telescope, with which I scanned the heavens in southwest Louisiana. I now partake of astronomy through our local city park system's Highland Road Observatory, jointly run by LSU staff, BREC staff, and volunteers from the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Having poor eyesight following retina and cataract surgery, APOD has opened up a wonderful view of the heavens, and the hypertext write-ups provide intriguing educational materials to follow up with. I may not check it EVERY day, but I do check out EVERY APOD post! Thanks to the "Authors & editors" Mssrs. Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP) who have managed the daily production of this wonderful material with so much dedication and enthusiasm! Thanks to all who work to put together all of the posts, and the submitters. This is one of the best sites on the web!!
One humble suggestion: I really find great benefit in the text that acompanies the astronomical photos, when both the distance to the object and the scale of view, e.g., so many light years away, and the view is so many light years across. Please make this a standard for every astronomical photograph for which it is appropriate to do so. It is very helpful in helping me to imagine the "placement" of what is shown in the scale of things...
A humble suggestion: I wonder if there is enough location and direction and speed of motion of the objects we can see in the night sky to project what we see to what is actually there "now"? Would there be much of a difference?!
Thanks for a wonderul 10+ years of amazing astronomical posts!