As a blog reader, I’m sure you’ve encountered POD – Picture of the Day – sites. It’s a pretty common trope among photo journalists and bloggers alike. But today’s is something extra special. This is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, and their photos are going to knock your socks off! Each day, a different photo is featured on the website, accompanied by a brief explanation (written by a real astronomer).
“Pictured, behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. The featured image was taken last month in Pu‘er, Yunnan Province, China. Also captured were unusual cloud ripples above the pileus cloud. The formation of a rare pileus cloud capping a common cumulus cloud is an indication that the lower cloud is expanding upward and might well develop into a storm.”– Explanation of photo above
They’ve been at this for quite a while. The archives go back to January 1, 2015, so there’s loads of content to catch up on. What a glorious world/solar system/universe/existence we live in!