Flowers of the Sky

Depictions spanning almost a whole millennium – in chronological order – of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars.

Various sources, see link with individual image for details.
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A scene from the Bayeux Tapestry showing men staring at Halley’s Comet – Source.


From the Nuremberg Chronicles, 1493 – Source.

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 28, c. 1552 – Source


Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (erschrocklicher Comet, 1300) – Source

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (Comet mit einem grosen Schwantz, 1401) – Source.

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio ? (Comet, 1506) – Source..

The figure of a Fearful Comet, from Les oeuvres d’Ambroise Paré, 1579 – Source.

Astronomie & Komet by Erastus, Dudith, Squarcialupi and Grynaeus, 1580 – Source.


Comet of 1577, depicted by Georgium Jacobum von Datschitz, 1577 – Source.

Detail of a Comet, Frankfurt am Main, 1665 – Source.


Joseph Boll’s depiction of the 1704 comet over Catalonia, 1704 – Source.

Astronomy: a meteor shower in the night sky. Mezzotint, after 1783 – Source.

The comet, by Thomas Cornell (floruit 1792), published 1789 – Source.

Image from J.J. Grandville’s Un Autre Monde (1844) – Source.

Image from A Popular Treatise on Comets (1861) by James C. Watson – Source.

Image from A Popular Treatise on Comets (1861) by James C. Watson – Source.

Image from A Popular Treatise on Comets (1861) by James C. Watson – Source.

Contemporary drawing of the meteorite fall at Knyahinya (Ukraine) on June 9, 1866, by Wilhelm Ritter von Haidinger – Source.

Image of a combined meteor shower orbit, from Popular Science Monthly Volume 1, 1872 – Source

Image from Astronomy (1875) by J. Rambosson – Source.

Image from Astronomy (1875) by J. Rambosson – Source.

Image from Astronomy (1875) by J. Rambosson – Source.

Image from Astronomy (1875) by J. Rambosson – Source.

Image from Flowers of the Sky (1879) by Richard A. Proctor – Source.

The great comet of 1881 (Comet C/1881 K1). Observed on the night of June 25-26 at 1h. 30m. A.M. Plate XI from The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings (1881) – Source.

Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833, from E. Weiß’s Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt (1888) – Source.

Morehouse’s Comet, Photographed at Yerkes Observatory, 1908 – Source.





  • Bob McGovern

    Excellent pictures and history. Thank you!

  • kashicat

    These are really wonderful! Thanks!

  • Roger Walker

    These drawings are all amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  • blazfemo

    Lo sorprendente son los edificios plasmados en 1300, 1400 y 1500