The first successful photograph of a celestial object was the daguerreotype plate of the moon taken by John W. Draper (1811-1882) of the United States in March, 1840.
The first photograph of a star, Vega, was taken by U.S. astronomer William C. Bond (1789-1859) in 1850. Modern-day astrophotography now uses techniques; such as, charge-coupled devices (CCDs); forming images electronically.
2. The photography of stars and other celestial objects.
3. The use of photographs to record extraterrestrial objects in order to study their surface features, positions, motions, radiation, and spectra.