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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[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            her, when there is a total Eclipſe of her own
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            Body, or of the Sun.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
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            the Darker part of her Body, when ſhe is but
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            a little Diſtant from the Sun.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For when there are any total Eclipſes,
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            there appears in her Body a great redneſs, and
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            many times Light enough to cauſe a remarka-
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            ble ſhade, as common Experience doth ſuffi-
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            ciently manifeſt: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but this cannot come from
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            the Sun, ſince at ſuch times either the Earth or
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            her own body ſhades her from the Sun-Beams;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore it muſt proceed from her own Light.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Two or three Days after the new
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            Moon, we may preceive Light in her whole
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            Body, whereas the Rays of the Sun reflect but
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            upon a ſmall part of that which is Viſible;
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            firſt ſhew, that this Light cannot be her own,
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            and then declare that which is the true Reaſon
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
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            it, but ſhe has been ſometimes altogether In-
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            viſible, when as not withſtanding ſome of the
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            fixed Stars of the fourth or fifth Magnitude
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            might eaſily have been diſcerned cloſe by her,
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            As it was in the year 1620.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0058-01" xlink:href="note-0058-01a" xml:space="preserve">Keplar.
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            epit.
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            Aſtron. cap.
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            l. 6. p. 5.
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            ſect. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This may appear likewiſe from the Va-
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            riety of it at divers times; </s>
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            Obſerv'd that ſometimes ’tis of a brighter,
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            ſometimes of a darker Appearance; </s>
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            der, and at another time of a more duskiſh</s>
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