Showcase: Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s Astronomical Illustrations

Aurora Borealis

French artist, astronomer, and amateur entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot is noted for two major contributions in his lifetime: the 7000 or so illustrations he created from his astronomical observations and the accidental introduction of the highly destructive European Gyspy moth in North America.

Obviously, today we’re going to take a look at some of his most exquisite astronomical illustrations, which are guaranteed to leave you speechless.

The Great Comet of 1881
The Planet Saturn
The November Meteors

Trouvelot also published some 50 scientific papers, and was credited with discovering “veiled spots” on the Sun’s surface in 1875.

Illustration of The Great Nebula in Orion, one of the brightest nebulae, which is visible to the naked eye in the night sky

8 thoughts on “Showcase: Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s Astronomical Illustrations

  1. The illustration for November Meteors looks fanciful, but in fact the Leonid Meteor shower (November) peaks at up to 1000 meteors per hour every 33 years, per Wikipedia. I was able to view the last peak year and it didn’t get quite as good as the illustration, but it was fantastic. Very cool post.

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  2. These pictures are captivating . I read today we’ve got a supermoon, hope it’s true…. and hope I can see it from my window. I ‘ve been waiting for this chance to sketch a Moon, a moon that will let our minds remind us that we are part of the mystery, beauty and size of creation.
    Agree, this site is so cool! Happy I got the chance to discover it!

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