The very first picture of the sun (1845)

On April 2, 1845, the French physicists Léon Foucault and Hippolyte Fizeau made the first picture of the sun. They used a relatively new technique, that of the daguerreotype.

Moon photo of John Adams Whipple from 1851

This technique was developed in 1837 by French inventor Louis Daguerre. In 1839 he made the first photo of the moon. However, this picture has not been preserved because the inventor’s laboratory was soon destroyed by fire. The very first moon photo was lost.

The very first picture of the sun still exists. This was taken on the second of April 1845 with a shutter speed of 1/60 second. The picture has a diameter of twelve inches. Foucault and Fizeau made the picture because they jointly researched the interference of light and heat.

Léon Foucault would eventually become famous for the famous Slinger of Foucault, which showed him that the earth was turning.

The very first picture of the sun (Foucault & Fizeau)

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