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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            by the ſame reaſon, may a brighter Vapour
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            be the cauſe of theſe appearances.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But how probable ſoever this Opinion may
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            ſeem, yet if well conſider’d, you ſhall find it
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            altogether abſurd and impoſſible: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe Stars were never ſeen there before,
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            and ’tis not likely, that a Vapour being hard
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            by us, can ſo multiply that Light, which could
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            not before be at all diſcern’d.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This ſuppos’d Vapour cannot be either
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            contracted into a narrow compaſs, or dilated
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            into a broad. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It could not be within a little
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            ſpace, for then that Star would not appear
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            with the ſame multiplyed Light to thoſe in
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            other Climates. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It cannot be a dilated Va-
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            pour, for then other Stars which were diſcer-
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            ned through the ſame Vapour, would ſeem as
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            big as that; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">this Argument is the ſame in ef-
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            fect, with that of the Paralax, as you may ſee
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            in this Figure.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe AB to be a Hemiſphere of one
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            Earth, CD to be the upper part of the high-
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            eſt Region, in which there might be either a
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            contracted Vapour, as G, or elſe a dilated one;</s>
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