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

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.


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