A lithograph depicting a solar eclipse, taken from a photograph, 1869

Made:
1869 in Cambridge
artist:
Etienne Leopold Trouvelot

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One of eight colour lithographs from a photograph [Pl.12] from a sketch drawn by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot showing the corona and prominences of an eclipsed Sun. Copied from an original photograph taken at the total solar eclipse observed from Shelbyville, Kentucky, USA on 7 August 1869.

Lithographic colour print issued by Harvard College Observatory in 1876, showing the corona around the Sun during a solar eclipse. The pearly and ghostly light is only seen during the brief period of totality when the Moon blocks the dazzlingly bright surface of the Sun. The corona forms the outer and very tenuous atmosphere of the Sun, an envelope of highly ionised gas, superheated to over a million degrees centigrade. Etienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827-1895), a French artist, made these sketches during the solar eclipse of 7 August 1869 from Shelbyville, Kentucky in the United States.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1887-23/8
type:
solar eclipse
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
credit:
Normal School of Science (Astronomical Laboratory)

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