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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8371That the Moon may be a World. in ſeveral Scituations, like that of the Wall
which does ſeem bright as well from every
place as from any one.
And therefore the
ruffneſs of the Wall, or (as it is in the Obje-
ction) the ruggedneſs of our Earth is ſo far from
being a hindrance of ſuch a Reflexion as there
is from the Moon, that it is rather required as
a neceſſary condition unto it.
We may con-
ceive that in every rough Body there are, as
it were, innumerable ſuperficies, diſpoſed un-
to an innumerable diverſity of Inclinations.
Ita ut nullus ſit locus; ad quem non pertingant
Syſtem. col@@
plurimi radii reflexi a plurimis ſuperficieculis, per
omnem corporis ſcabri radiis luminoſis percuſſi ſu-
perficiem diſperſis.
‘ So that there is not any
‘ place unto which there are not ſome Beams
‘ reflected from theſe divers Superficies, in
‘ the ſeveral parts of ſuch a rugged Body.
yet (as I ſaid before) the Earth does receive a
great part of its Light by illumination, as well
as by Reflexion.
So that notwithſtanding thoſe Doubts, yet
this Propoſition may remain True, that the
Spots may be the Sea, and the Brighter parts
the Land.
Of this Opinion was Plutarch: unto
22De facie
Nunc. Syd.
him Aſſented Keplar and Galilæus, whoſe
words are theſe, Si quis veterum Pythægoreo-
rum ſententiam exuſcitare velit, lunam ſcilicet eſſe
quaſi tellurem alteram, ejus pars lucidior terrenam
ſuperficiem, obſcurior vero aqueam magis congruè
Mihi autem dubium fuit nunquam
terreſtris globi à longè conſpecti, atque aradiis ſo-
laribus perfuſi, terream ſuperficiem clariorem, ob-
ſcuriorem vero aqueam ſeſe in conſpectum daturam.
‘ If any Man have a mind to Renew the

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