By: William & Alexander Keith Johnston
Date: 1903 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 9.75 x 12 inches (24.5 x 30.5 cm)
Plate V of Thomas Heath's Popular Astronomy consists of eight figures that offer views and understanding of a complete solar eclipse. Figures 1 - 6 show the corona or outermost part of the sun's atmosphere during the solar eclipse in the years 1871, 1896, and 1900. The corona is only be seen without the use of special instruments (not available at the time of printing) during a total solar eclipse. Figures 7 and 8 show the proper positioning of the moon between Earth and the sun for such an occurrence.
This chromolithograph print was one of twenty-one plates published in Thomas Heath's 1903 edition of Popular Astronomy. The plates were produced by W & A.K. Johnston, Scottish brothers who set up their own printing business in Edinburgh after preliminary study under the Scottish globe maker James Kirkwood.
The prints produced for the Popular Astronomy offer a unique view of our understanding of the Universe at the turn of the 20th Century.
Condition: This print is in A condition with vivid original color, on clean paper surrounded by full and even margins on all sides.