logo

Video encyclopedia

17/07/1850 Harvard Observatory takes first photograph of a star

1:45

a trip to the STAR, Vega, 25 light years away in the constellation of Lyra ...

The photography of celestial objects, began in 1840 when John William Draper took an image of the Moon using the daguerreotype process. Vega became the first star, other than the Sun, to be photographed when it was imaged by William Bond and John Adams Whipple at the Harvard College Observatory, also with a daguerreotype.
    Explore contextually related video stories in a new eye-catching way. Try Combster now!
    • Essentials 

    • Nomenclature 

    • Observation 

    • Observational history 

    • Physical characteristics 

    • Possible planetary system 

    • Etymology and cultural significance