Beautiful Victorian Celestial Illustrations


The Voyager missions started sending back amazing photos of our solar system right about the time I was old enough to understand what they were. Previously, cameras had given us somewhat grainy views of our neighbors in space, so it’s hard to imagine a time when most of what everyone saw of the heavens (in any detail) were left up to an artist’s interpretations. Some stunning examples of this can be seen in this collection of chromo-lithographs that depict planets, comets, the moon and sun.

All are based on astronomical observations, and the results are stunning. It’s pretty amazing how detailed and accurate many of them are, given that we now have hi-res photos of many of the same subjects to compare them to.I’d love to have a framed set of these.

View the whole set at

5 Responses to Beautiful Victorian Celestial Illustrations

  1. The Retroist says:

    All of them are great, I would love to frame Mars and Solar protuberances on my wall.

  2. w2b says:

    Dude, the pics in your posts are all unavailable.

  3. Simply gorgeous! Yet another piece of the Victorian age for me to obsess over!

  4. The Retroist says:

    @w2b — Really? I can see them all? You are just not seeing the ones in the posts or everywhere?

  5. Drahken says:

    Maybe he has his browser set to not send referrer?

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