173 Years Since the First Celestial Photograph
In the winter of 1839 John William Draper became the first person in the U.S. to successfully capture a photograph of the moon. Draper utilized a method called daguerreotype, which exposed a silver-covered copper plate to the moon through a 5-inch telescope for 20 minutes. The resulting photograph was only one inch in diameter!
Astrophotography has come a long way in 173 years, and many can capture crisp, clear, and beautiful photographs of the moon and its fascinating impact craters by using just an inexpensive refractor telescope and their mobile phones, also known as #astroiphonography.
Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath
How you can help… Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you’d like to aid the relief effort, please make a contribution to the American Red Cross.
In a matter of hours, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. During yesterday’s storm, tens of thousands of people from across the eastern seaboard shared their experience in real-time, tagging photos with #sandy and #hurricanesandy.
This morning, as the rain tapered and floodwaters receded, millions of people began taking stock of the storm’s historic devastation, and sharing their daunting road to recovery on Instagram.