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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Where ſuppoſe the Sun to be at A, the
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            Circle (BGM) to be the Orb of the Earth's
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            Motion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that above it, noted with the
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            ſame Letters, to be the Sphere of Jupiter;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the uppermoſt of all, to be a part of
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            the Zodiack in the Starry Heaven.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if you conceive the Letters, BCD
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            EFGHI KLM, and abcdefghiklm,
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            to divide the Earth’s Orb, and that of Ju-
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            piter, into ſeveral parts, proportionable to
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            the ſlowneſs or ſwiftneſs of their different
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            motions, (Jupiter finiſhing his Courſe in
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            twelve Years, and the Earth in One) then
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            ſuppoſing the Earth to be at the Point (B),
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            and Jupiter likewiſe in his Orb to be ſcitua-
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            ted at (b), he will appear unto us to be in
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            the Zodiack at the point (r). </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But after-
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            wards, both of them moving forward to the
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            Letter (Cc), Jupiter will ſeem to be in the
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            Zodiack at (v), as having paſſed directly
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            forward according to the order of the Signs.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſo likewiſe each of them being tranſ-
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            ferred to the places (Dd) (Ee), Jupiter
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            will ſtill appear Direct, and to have moved
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            in the Zodiack unto the Points (yz). </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            now vvhen the Earth comes to be more im-
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            mediatly interpoſed betwixt this Planet and
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            the Sun; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as vvhen both of them are at the
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            Letter (Ff), then vvill Jupiter bediſcerned
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            in the Zodiack at (x). </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that all the
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            vvhile the Earth vvas paſſing the Arch (E
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            F), Jupiter did ſtill remain betwixt the
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            Points (z) and (x), and therefore muſt
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            ſeem unto us as if he vvere Stationary; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but</s>
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