In 1839, The Moon Looked Like This

The first photograph of the Moon (John W. Draper)
The first photograph of the Moon (John W. Draper)

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.

For more, check out “One Photo, One Story” »

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3 thoughts on “In 1839, The Moon Looked Like This”

  1. 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)

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