The First Solar Photograph
Reproduction of the first daguerrotype of the Sun. The original image was a little over 12 centimeters in diameter. According to the Paul Charbonneau of the National Science Foundation's High Altitude Observatory, this photo was made on April, 2 1845 by French physicists Louis Fizeau (1819-1896) and Lion Foucault (1819-1868).
Date: 2 Apr 1845
Image reproduced from G. De Vaucouleurs, Astronomical Photography, MacMillan, 1961 [plate 1].
Image Credit: National Science Foundation, High Altitude Observatory
Credit: National Science Foundation