image kiessling j_untersuchungen_1888_plate 5
Image number: RS.13542
Credit: ©The Royal Society 2018

Sunrise halo

Date

1888

Creator - Organisation

After

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

Object type

Library reference

RCN46652

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 136mm
width (print): 191mm
height (card support): 192mm
width (card support): 275mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape

Description

Study of a lighting effect caused by atmospheric dust and gases ejected by the 1883 volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa (Krakatau, Indonesia). A solar halo in the dawn twilight, observed in Hereroland, Kan-Thal (then German South West Africa) now the approximate region of Namibia, Africa, 4 September 1884.

Plate 5 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. V.’ Inscribed below: ‘KREISFORMER DAMMERUNGSSCHEIN BEI SONNENAUFGANG. [Circular twilight halo at sunrise]. Pechuel-Loesche. Hereroland, Kan-Thal, Sept. 4. 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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