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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132120That the Moon may be a World. lar Opinion; but it ſeemed moſt likely to
Gamillus Glorioſus.
Th. Gampanella, Fromondus,
11De Comet.
l. 5. c. 4.
Apol. pro
Meteor. l.
3.c.2.Art. 6.
with ſome others.
But if you ask, whither
ſhall all theſe Exhalations return?
I Anſwer,
every one into his own Planet.
If it be again
Objected, that then there will be ſo many
Centers of Gravity, and each ſeveral Planet
will be a diſtinct World;
I reply, we have not
like probability concerning the reſt;
but yet,
perhaps all of them are ſo, except the Sun, tho
Guſanus, &
ſome others, think, there is one alſo;
Fuſt. l.3. c.
and later times have diſcovered ſome leſſer
Clouds moving round about him.
But as for
Saturn he hath two Moons on each ſide.
hath four, that Incircle him with their Motion,
which are likewiſe Eclipſed by the Interpoſiti-
on of his Body, as the Moon is of our Earth.
Venus is obſerv’d to increaſe and decreaſe as
the Moon.
And this perhaps hath been noted
by former Ages, as may be gueſt by that Re-
lation of St.
Auſtin out of Varro. Mars
33De Civit.
Dei. l. 21.
cap. 8.
and all the reſt, derive their Light from the
the Sun.
Concerning Mercury, there hath
been little or no Obſervation, becauſe, for the
moſt part, he lies hid under the Sun-Beams,
and ſeldom appears by himſelf.
But when he
does, yet the compaſs of his Body is ſo little,
and his Light of ſo clear a brightneſs, by rea-
ſon of his nearneſs to the Sun, that the Per-
ſpective cannot make the ſame Diſcoveries
upon him, as from the reſt.
So that if you conſider their Quantity, their
Opacity, or theſe other Diſcoveries, you ſhall
find it probable enough, that each of them
may be a ſeveral World.

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