Youth's Book of Astronomy

Youth's Book of Astronomy

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...is readily explained, and as easily understood. Suppose that S, fig. 28, is the sun, 1, 2, a part of ecliptic, and 3, 4, a, portion of the earth's orbit. Now a spectator on the earth, standing at 4, will see the sun in the vault of the heavens, say near a certain star, marked 2; but when the earth has passed along her orbit to 3, then the sun will appear contiguous to another certain star, marked 1. Thus the revolution of the earth through her orbit from west to east, gives the sun an apparent annual revolution in the contrary direction. ORIGIN OF THE ZODIACAL SIGNS. The zodiac, as already stated, was divided into twelve signs, as they are now known, at a very early period. Writers on the History of Astronomy, attribute this invention to a nation which inhabited the northern temperate zone, probably that part now called Tartary, at a What is the reason that the sun appeals to move through the ecliptic when he is really stationary? Explain fig. 28. Hy what nation is it supposed that the signs of the zodiac were invented? remote period. The Chinese, Indians, Babylonians, Arabians, Egyptians, and Greeks, who were, from time immemorial, acquainted with the zodiacal signs, are supposed to have derived their knowledge from this nation. The zodiac, found in the temple of Dendera, in Upper Egypt, and which it is proved was placed there several centuries before the Christian era, has the animals representing the twelve signs, figured as they are at the present day, though differently arranged. Even as far back as the days of Job, the heavens were divided into constellations, as is proved by his reference to Orion, Arcturus, and Pleiades. " Canst thou restrain the sweet influence of the Pleiades, or loosen the bonds of Orion V was one of his sublime...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488180
  • 9781236488183