180 years ago, a scientist took the first photograph of the Moon. This is considered the first image in the history of astrophotography.
180 years ago, on March 23, 1840, John William Draper, professor of chemistry at New York University, in the United States, took the first photograph of an astronomical object: the Moon.
According to the Europa Press agency, which recalls the feat, the achievement was only possible with a 20-minute daguerreotype image, using a 13-inch reflecting telescope.
The first known attempt at astronomical photography was that of the French Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype, who, in 1839, also tried to photograph the Moon. However, some errors made the final product a simple blur.
Therefore, explains the Spanish agency, Draper’s photography is considered the first in the history of astrophotography.
John William Draper, born on May 5, 1811, in England, moved with his family to the USA in 1832. He was a professor of medicine, having been one of the founders of the New York University School of Medicine.
He also did important research in the field of photochemistry and wrote several history books. He was also the first president of the American Chemical Society, between 1876 and 1877. He died on January 4, 1882.