Colour print showing the corona around the Sun during a solar eclipse, 1870.

Made:
1870 in Cambridge
artist:
Etienne Leopold Trouvelot

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One of eight colour lithographs from a photograph [Pl.13] 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 Jerez de la Frontera in Spain on 2nd December 1870.

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 2nd December 1870 from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1887-23/7
type:
solar prominences
credit:
Normal School of Science (Astronomical Laboratory)
status:
Permanent collection

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