Early sighting of Brocken spectres. Historical artwork of a sighting of Brocken spectres, based on the account of a traveller called Hane. He and a companion climbed the Brocken, the tallest peak in Germany's Harz mountains, on 23 May 1797. Hane, who had made at least 30 previous trips, finally saw the shadows in the sky that came to be called Brocken spectres, named after this mountain. Hane and his companion raised and waved their hands, and saw the spectres imitate these movements. The Brocken spectres are shadows cast by a low-lying Sun on mists or clouds. This engraving is from The Atmosphere (1873) by Camille Flammarion.
About the Artist -
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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