Cosmic Canvas: Sir William Peck’s Sun, 1890

BY Robert Lamb / POSTED June 16, 2014
The sun, from 1890′s ‘Handbook and Atlas of Astronomy’ (SSPL via Getty Images) The sun, from 1890′s ‘Handbook and Atlas of Astronomy’ (SSPL/Getty)

Today’s Cosmic Canvas brings us to an illustration from 1890′s “Handbook and Atlas of Astronomy” by Sir William Peck (1862-1925). This popular tome was heavenly wonders served as a complete guide for professional astronomers and telescope enthusiasts alike.

The book contains numerous illustrations, many of them quite stunning, but none quite as beautiful as this plate on the sun, which appears almost mystical, alchemical in its use of vibrant golds.

About the author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.

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