The British Celestial Atlas; Being a Complete Guide to the Attainment of a Practical Knowledge of the Heavenly Bodies Containing Twelve Royal Quarto Maps, Or, Entire Views of the Starry Heavens as They Appear to the Naked Eye, Adapted

The British Celestial Atlas; Being a Complete Guide to the Attainment of a Practical Knowledge of the Heavenly Bodies Containing Twelve Royal Quarto Maps, Or, Entire Views of the Starry Heavens as They Appear to the Naked Eye, Adapted

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...circulate around them: she has doomed them to the most solitary dwelling in the whole circle of creation, and has marked them as either unfit or unworthy to enjoy the noblest privileges of intelligent beings. The planets and stars are equally invisible from the surface of that luminary, unless when a transient glimpse of the heavens is obtained through an accidental opening in the solar atmosphere. From the year 1676 to the year 1684, there was not a single spot in the Sim's atmosphere; so that, during eight successive years, the inhabitants of that globe, if they do exist never once obtained a glance of that starry firmament, from the contemplation of which a Supreme Being could scarcely have excluded any of his rational creation. "To maintain, therefore, that the Sun is peopled by intelligent beings, is to reason in defiance of the strongest analogies, and support opinions which posterity will rank among the aberrations of the human mind. Might we not as well suppose, that the central caverns of our own planet, which cosmogonists have filled with fire or with water, are the abode of a rational population, who, like the inhabitants of the Sun, are occasionally permitted to obtain a transient view of the heavens, through the craters of volcanoes, or the chinks and fissures which may accompany the convulsions of the globe." By the assistance of a telescope, several dark spots may be seen on the surface of the Sun, of various forms and magnitudes; some of which have been found to exceed the Earth in size. They are supposed to be parts of his opaque body which appear through the occasional openings of the luminous clouds. These spots vary in their positions, continuance, and appearances; some of them are of short duration, and proceed from...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511956
  • 9781236511959