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APOD 2.0

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a fantastic resource for space enthusiasts. Unfortunately the user interface hasn't been updated in over a decade, and is a pain to use. This project seeks to enhance APOD with a suite of "web 2.0" enabled features to improve its usability.

Primary goals:

  • Update design aesthetics
  • Improve navigation with keyboard controls and browsing
  • Add social media login to enable metadata like tagging, sharing, and adding to favorites
  • Intelligently preload and cache data to increase perceived speed
  • Host the final project at and spread awareness over social media

At some point I'll need to petition NASA for an API key capable of handling more than 1,000 requests per day.


Clone repo.

~ git clone

Enter new directory and install with npm (you may or may not need sudo).

~ cd apod2.0

~ sudo npm install

Build & Run:

Use webpack to package everything. Make sure you're in the apod2.0 folder.

~ webpack

Start an HTTP server of your choice from the public directory.

~ cd public

~ http-server -c-1

Copyright Jered Danielson, GNU GPL v3.0, 2016

APOD 2.0 is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

APOD 2.0 is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with APOD 2.0. If not, see


Astronomy Picture of the Day with Web 2.0 features




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