APOD Wallpaper: Fascinating!

If Mr. Spock had a big flat panel screen instead of being forced to look into a slot in a cereal box, he would have used APOD Wallpaper for his desktop background.  The Astronomy Picture of the Day website features a daily different collection of photons collected from the far reaches of the universe.  The awe-inspiring images from the depths of space are occasionally interspersed with space-related pictures of objects closer to home.  And each one comes with an explanation that adds to the wonderment.

You could visit the APOD website each day.  Or better,  Windows users can run the APOD Wallpaper app and receive a different breathtaking image on your desktop background each morning.  The app puts a little icon of the planet Jupiter in your Systray.  Right mousing on Jupiter pops up a menu that will bring up the APOD Wallpaper settings, show you the astronomer’s explanation of the day’s image, or take you to the APOD website.

The app is easy to install.  It comes in a Zip file.  Just unzip it into a convenient location (such as c:\Program Files\APOD), and run it.  In the Settings you can tell it to automatically run when Windows starts.  There are a couple of other Windows apps that do nearly the same thing.  Linux and Mac users have several choices, too.

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2 Responses to “APOD Wallpaper: Fascinating!”

  1. Ed Kaim Says:

    Hi,

    A few days ago I downloaded the current version of the APOD software for my PC running Win 7, and set it for automatic daily updates. (Before upgrading to Win 7, I had the older version and used it happily for years. I just recently learned that there was new APOD wallpaper software compatible with Win 7.)

    I downloaded and ran the new software without incident, and immediately got the current APOD on my screen. It did automatically update once, but then stopped automatically updating. Today I opened the Settings screen and clicked on “Update now,” but this was not successful. On the status bar there was a (truncated) message stating that the image format was not supported — which was obviously wrong, since my screen was displaying one of the APOD images.

    I wondered if you might have any idea what might have gone wrong –? TIA,

    Ed Kaim

  2. ellery Says:

    Hi Ed,

    I visited the APOD website, and noticed that today’s image is actually an embedded YouTube video, so that’s probably why it didn’t download properly.

    FYI, I’ve been running an older version (1.2.4.0 from 11/21/2010) on Windows 7 and it’s been working. (Or is that the new version?)

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