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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169157That the Moon may be a World. production of other Meteors that were there
to be generated;
which (as I conceive) might
be ſufficiently confirmed from that Order of
the Creation obſerved by Moſes, who tells us
that the Waters above the Firmament (by
which, in the greateſt probability, we are to
underſtand the Clouds in the ſecond Region)
were made the ſecond day, Gen.
1. 7, 8. Whereas
the Sun it ſelf, whoſe Reflection is the cauſe
of Heat, was not created till the fourth day,
16. 19.
To the other Objection, I anſwer, that tho’
the Air in the ſecond Region, where by reaſon
of its coldneſs there are many thick Vapours,
do cauſe a great Refraction;
yet ’tis probable
that the Air which is next the Earth, is ſome-
times, and in ſome places, of a far greater
thinneſs, nay, as thin as the Æthereal Air it
ſince ſometimes there is ſuch a ſpecial
Heat of the Sun, as may rarifie it in an emi-
nent degree;
and in ſome dry places, there are
no groſs impure Exhalations to mix with it.
But here it may be objected. If the Air in
the ſecond Region were more Condenſed and
heavy than this wherein we breath, then that
muſt neceſſarily tend downwards and poſſeſs the
lower place.
To this ſome Anſwer, That the hanging of
the Clouds in the open Air, is no leſs than a
They are the Words of Pliny. Quid
mirabilius aquis in cælo ſtantibus?
what more
11Hiſt. l. 31.
cap. 1.
wonderful thing is there, than that the Waters
ſhould ſtand in the Heavens?
Others prove this
from the Derivation of the word םומש from
תאש ſtupeſcere and םומ aquæ:
Becauſe the

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