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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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis obſerv'd, that the Suns total Eclip-
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            ſes, when there is no part of his Body diſcern-
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            able, yet there does not always follow ſo great
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            a darkneſs, as might be expected from his to-
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            tal Abſence. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now ’tis probable, that the rea-
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            ſon is, becauſe theſe thicker Vapours, being
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            Enlightned by his Beams, do convey ſome
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            Light unto us, notwithſtanding the Interpoſiti-
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            on of the Moon betwixt his Body and our
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            Earth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This likewife is by ſome gueſt to be the
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            Reaſon of the Crepuſculum, or that light which
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            we have before the Suns Rifing.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, if there be ſuch Evaporations from
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            the Sun, much more then from the Moon,
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            which does conſiſt of a more groſs and impure
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            ſubſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The other Arguments are taken
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            from ſeveral Obſervations in the Moon her
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            ſelf, and do more directly tend to the Proof
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            of this Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis obſerv'd, that ſo much of the Moon
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            as is enlightned, is always part of her bigger
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            Circle, than that which is darker. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The fre-
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            quent Experience of others hath prov'd this,
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            and an eaſie Obſervation may quickly confirm
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            it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now this cannot proceed from any
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            other cauſe ſo probable, as from this Orb of
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            Air; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially when we confider how that
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            Planet ſhining with a borrow'd Light, doth
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            not ſend forth any ſuch Rays as may make her
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            Appearance bigger than her Body.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">When the Moon, being half enlightned,
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            begins to cover any Star, if the Star be towards
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            the obſcurer part, then may it by the Perſpe-
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            ctive be diſcern'd, to be nearer unto the Cen-</s>
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