Thursday, February 9, 2012

This Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky Colour Photograph Of A Russian Eclipse Expedition To Observe The January 14 1907 Total Solar Eclipse

*May* be the earliest colour photograph of an astronomical expedition according to an article by Paul Sutherland titled 'Earliest colour photo of astro event' on the SkyMania website.

From the article:

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky does not appear to have recorded the eclipse itself. But his image offers a fascinating glimpse of how scientists headed into the snowy peaks in the depths of winter to observe totality.

Two refracting telescopes on equatorial mounts stand proudly outside the team’s yurt – a traditional tent-like but wooden structure that nomads typically used in this part of the world. The photographer himself stands, second from the left, in a fur hat.

Prokudin-Gorsky’s notes tell us they were at Cherniaevo Station in the Tian-Shan mountains above the Saliuktin mines on Golodnaia Steppe. That is in the east of what is today Uzbekistan, near its eastern border with Tajikistan.

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Here is the uncropped original colour photograph from the Library Of Congress collection of Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky photographs -

And here are the two 'I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?' LOLcats style photos that I could not resist creating -