image kiessling j_untersuchungen_1888_plate 1
Image number: RS.13538
Credit: ©The Royal Society 2018

Purple light, evening

Date

1888

Creator - Organisation

After

Eduard Moritz Pechuël-Loesche (1840-1913, German), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

RCN46652

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 138mm
width (print): 192mm
height (card support): 192mm
width (card support): 275mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape

Description

Study of a lighting effect observed in the southern Atlantic Ocean, 2 December 1884, caused by atmospheric dust and gases ejected by the 1883 volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa (Krakatau, Indonesia).

Plate 1 from the book Untersuchungen uber Dämmerungserscheinungen zur Erklarung der nach dem Krakatau-ausbruch beobachteten atmospharisch-optischen Storung, by J. Kiessling (Hamburg, Leopold Voss, 1888).

The plate is inscribed above: ‘Kiessling, Dämmerung-Untersuchungen. Taf. I.’ Inscribed below: ‘PURPURLICHT IN REGELMASSIGER ENTWICKLUNG (ABEND.) [Purple light in regular development] Pechuel-Loesche. Südatlantische Ocean (28.5 S. 4. O.) Dez. 2, 1884. Chromolithographie von Leo Kempner & Co. in Hamburg. Verlag von Leopold Voss in Hamburg (und Leipzig).’

Karl Johann Kiessling (1839-1905) German physicist, replicated twilight glow phenomena in the laboratory.

Eduard Moritz Pechuël-Loesche (1840-1913) German naturalist and watercolour painter who travelled widely, including on expeditions to the Congo, Africa.

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