Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Busch, August Ludwig

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After  Friedrich Bessel’s death, his assistant, August Busch, became the second director of the Königsberg Observatory. The total eclipse of the Sun on 28 July 1851 was observable from Scandinavia and Russia. Busch arranged for a photographer to produce a daguerreotype of the event. It was the first photograph made of a total solar eclipse.

Selected Reference

  1. Rothermel, H. (1993). Images of the Sun: Warren De la Rue, George Biddell Airy, and Celestial Photography. The British Journal for the History of Science 26(2): 137.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA