Robert J. Nemiroff

Robert J. Nemiroff


Professor, Physics

  • PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania
  • NSF CAREER Award (1997)
  • MTU Research Award (2012)



I worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA before coming to Michigan Tech. I am perhaps best known scientifically for papers predicting, usually among others, several recovered microlensing phenomena, and papers showing, usually among others, that gamma-ray bursts were consistent with occurring at cosmological distances. I led a group that developed and deployed the first online fisheye night sky monitor, deploying later models to most major astronomical observatories. I co-created the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) open repository. In terms of science writing, I am perhaps best known as a co-creator and editor of the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website. My current research interests include trying to limit attributes of our universe with distant gamma-ray bursts, and trying to develop a sky monitoring smartphone application.

Supporting APOD: Please help Michigan Tech support APOD. MTU's support for APOD includes hardware (composition computers), software (online discussion board), teaching-release time, and graduate student support (answering questions, social network support, etc.), Some of this is offset, at times, by grants from NASA -- but not all, and not always. Donating even a small amount will help MTU to consider APOD more of a plus and less of a resource drain: MTU Physics Department's giving page.

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation