This marks the 173rd birthday of this snapshot taken by the sun. The photo was taken by Hippolyte Fizeau and Leon Foucault on April 2, 1845. The link below will take you to a very interesting article that talks about the first photo of the sun and many other first time events like photoing the suns corona.
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On July 28 1851 at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photo of a solar eclipse, capturing the Sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona — for the first time. Just a few years later, in 1858, British scientist Warren de la Rue and French astronomer Jules Janssen began taking daily photographic records of sunspots; de la Rue went on to record the whole 11-year solar cycle in almost 3000 images. In 1870 US astronomer Charles A. Young snapped the first image of a solar prominence — a stream of gas reaching out from the Sun’s disk.
Please take some time to review this article to learn about the early history of photographing our sun and documenting its findings: