Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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That the Moon may be a World.
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            the Body of the Moon can never Totally co-
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            ver the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However in this he is ſingular,
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            all other Aſtronomers (if I may believe Kep-
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            lar) being on the Contrary Opinion, by Rea-
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            ſon the Diameter of the Moon does for the
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            moſt part appear Bigger to us than the Di-
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            ameter of the Sun.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-04" xlink:href="note-0053-04a" xml:space="preserve">Thucid.
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            Livii.
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            Plut. de fd
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            cie Lunæ.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-05" xlink:href="note-0053-05a" xml:space="preserve">Herodot. l.
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            7. c. 37.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But here Fulius Gœſar once more puts in to
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            hinder our Paſſage. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Moon (ſaith he) is
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            is not altogether Opacous, becauſe ’tis ſtill
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            of the ſame Nature with the Heavens, which
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            are incapable of total Opacity: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and his Reaſon
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            is, becauſe Perſpicuity is an inſeparable Acci-
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            dent of thoſe purer Bodies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this he thinks
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            muſt neceſſarily be granted; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for he ſtops there,
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            and Proves no further; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but to this he Defers
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            an Anſwer, till he hath made up his Argument.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-01" xlink:href="note-0054-01a" xml:space="preserve">De phœ-
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            nom. Lunœ
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            c. 11.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">We may frequently ſee, that her Body
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            does ſo Eclipſe the Sun, as our Earth does
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            the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, the Mountains that
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            are obſerv'd there, do caſt a Dark Shadow
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            behind them, as ſhall be ſhewed afterwards.
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            Since then the like Interpoſition of them both,
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            doth produce the like Effect, they muſt ne-
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            ceſſarily be of the like Natures, that is, alike
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            Opacous, which is the thing to be ſhewed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            this was the reaſon (as Interpreters gueſs) why
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            Ariſtotle Affirmed the Moon to be of the
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            Earths Nature, becauſe of their Agreement
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            in Opacity, whereas all the other Elements,
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            ſave that, are in ſome meaſure Perſpicuous.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-02" xlink:href="note-0054-02a" xml:space="preserve">Prop. 9.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-03" xlink:href="note-0054-03a" xml:space="preserve">In lib. de
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            animalib.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But, the greateſt Difference which may
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            ſeem to make our Earth altogether unlike
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            the Moon, is, becauſe the one is a Bright
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            Body, and hath Light of its own, and the</s>
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