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This Is the First-Ever Photo of a Total Solar Eclipse

This Is the First-Ever Photo of a Total Solar Eclipse
From TIME - August 11, 2017

Millions of Americans will see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, and many of them will point their cameras skyward to capture the celestial event.

But it was not so long ago that a solar eclipse was an even more fleeting phenomenon, experienced only by those who were lucky enough to witness it in person. That changed on July 28, 1851, when the first photo of a total solar eclipse was taken. Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski, a Prussian known for his ability as a daguerreotypist, captured the image during a total solar eclipse in Knigsberg, which is now Kaliningrad, Russia, according to Space.com.

The Royal Prussian Observatory commissioned Berkowski to capture the photo of the eclipse, Space.com reports. Berkowski used the daguerreotype process to create the image, which was "state of the art" back in 1851, according to astrophysicist and eclipse expert Fred Espenak.

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