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">Suppoſe the Sun to be ſcituated at A. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now
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            becauſe Mercury is found by experience to
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            be always very near the Sun, ſo that he does
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            for the moſt part lie hid under his Rays. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As
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            alſo becauſe this Planet hath a more lively
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            vigorous Light than any of the other; </s>
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            fore we may infer, that his Orb is placed
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            next unto the Sun, as that at B.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As for Venus, ’tis obſerved, That She
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            does always keep at a ſet diſtance from the
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            Sun, never going from him above forty de-
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            grees, or thereabouts; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that her Body ap-
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            pears, through the Perſpective, to be forty
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            times bigger at one time than at another;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that when ſhe ſeems biggeſt and neareſt un-
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            to us, we then diſcern her as being perfectly
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            round. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Therefore doth this Planet alſo
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            move in a Circle that incompaſſeth the Sun: </s>
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            Which Circle does not contain the Earth
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            within it, becauſe then, Venus would ſome-
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            times be in oppoſition to the Sun; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas,
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            ’tis generally granted, that ſhe never yet
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            came ſo far as to be in a Sextile.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor is this Circle below the Sun, (as Pto-
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            lomy ſuppoſeth) becauſe then this Planet, in
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            both its Conjunctions, would appear hor-
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            ned, which ſhe does not.</s>
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            <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0352-01" xlink:href="note-0352-01a" xml:space="preserve">Matuti-
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            na, Veſper-
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            tina.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor is it above the Sun, becauſe then ſhe
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            would always appear in the Full, and never
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            horned.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">From hence it will follow, that this Orb
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            muſt neceſſarily be betwixt the Earth and the
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            Sun, as that at C.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As for Mars, ’tis obſerved, That he does</s>
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