Photos: Vintage Artistic Views of Astronomy

The planet Jupiter by Trouvelot

E.L. Trouvelot/NYPL

A chromolithograph of the planet Jupiter, observed Nov. 1, 1880, at 9:30 p.m. The piece of art reveals Jupiter's Great Red Spot, akin to a hurricane on Earth, which has been raging on the planet for hundreds of years.

The great comet of 1881.

E.L. Trouvelot/NYPL

A chromolithograph of the great comet of 1881 by Trouvelot

The November Meteor by Trouvelot

E.L. Trouvelot/NYPL

A chromolithograph of the November meteors. As observed between midnight and 5 a .m. on the night of November 13-14 1868.

Star Cluster in Hercules by Trouvelot

E.L. Trouvelot/NYPL

A chromolithograph of star clusters in Hercules. From a study made in June, 1877.

Have a news tip, correction or comment? Let us know at community@space.com.