The First Photograph of a Total Solar Eclipse


Photograph/Johann Berkowski. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

On July 28, 1851, Julius Berkowski at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia made the earliest scientifically useful photograph of a total solar eclipse. Its remarkability lay in the fact that it was the first accurately exposed photographic image captured during totality. The resulting image included the sun’s corona clearly.

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