APOD is awarded the inaugural IAU Astronomy Outreach Prize

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APOD is awarded the inaugural IAU Astronomy Outreach Prize

Post by owlice » Thu Jun 16, 2022 6:21 pm

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced three new prizes in February of this year, one each for Outreach, Development, and Education, which were created with generous funding from IAU Past President Ewine van Dishoeck. These prizes will be awarded every three years, to correspond with the IAU's General Assembly meeting schedule.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has won the IAU Astronomy Outreach Prize; the prize will be given to the APOD editors at August's General Assembly meeting in Busan, South Korea.


From the press release:
The 2022 ODE Outreach Prize is awarded to Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for their more than 25 years of curating the daily Astronomy Picture of the Day, which is now available in more than 20 languages, seen by millions each day, and used in classrooms throughout the world. APOD has been influential in encouraging interest in astronomy around the world: each of the images is accompanied by explanatory captions which is one reason it is widely adopted in primary/secondary school and university-level courses. Pictures are contributed by professional and amateur astronomers, and increasingly also by astrophotographers, for whom an APOD publication is a gold standard. Featured images cover a wide range of topics from the Cosmic Microwave Background and the most distant galaxies to aurorae on Earth.

Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry T. Bonnell said: “We’re honoured to receive this recognition for APOD by the IAU and proud that an effort that started as an informal collaboration and persisted as a labour of love of science outreach has become international in scope. We are very grateful to have been joined in APOD by so many like-minded individuals around planet Earth.”
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