This is the first ever photograph taken of the Moon. The first. 170 years ago!
I was directed to the image by Twitter friend LouisS and I felt compelled to post it on Astroengine.com. Much like the 1911 Martian canal post last month, this serves as a reminder about the heritage of modern astronomy that dates back not decades, but centuries.
The 1839 photograph was taken by British ex-pat John William, a chemistry professor in the New York University, using a silver platinum plate.
3 thoughts on “In 1839, The Moon Looked Like This”
A good remembrance from the past…its not easy to keep good ol’ pictures. Hmm, I wonder what those black “holes” mean? and if this was a colored one, it looks like water melon…(lol)
Great Picture. must have been something to see.