Transparent Solar System

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Transparent Solar System

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Overall size of this product is 30 × 40 cm.
The image area of the print measures 22 × 28 cm.
One of a set of twelve hand-tinted astronomical prints with an explanatory card. The publisher is identified on each print as J. Reynolds or James Reynolds of the Strand, London. These cards were first issued by Reynolds in 1846, although he and other publishers continued to produce them throughout the second half of the 19th century. They responded to a perceived market for popular science products and were intended for informal learning within the home. This is a diagram of the solar system "displaying the planets with their orbits, as known at the present day". The central image does not include Neptune, discovered in 1846, although it is included in the text and a table below. The planets are shown with their known satellites, minor planets from the asteroid belt are included, as is the orbit of Halley's Comet.
Artist: James Reynolds
Date: 1846-1860
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