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The Moon by Henry Draper
  • The Moon, 1863
  • Henry Draper
  • Cyanotype
  • National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Division of Information Technology and Communications
  • Photographic History Collection
  • Image No. AFS 150

A doctor by trade, Henry Draper was an early pioneer of astronomical photography. This photograph is one of many high-quality images of the Moon that he captured. The first to capture a photograph of the Great Nebula of Orion, Draper went on to photograph the stellar spectrum and create the first wide-angle image of a comet's tail.

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