Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Moon may be a World. as HI. Suppoſe EF likewiſe to repreſent half
the Heavens, wherein was this appearing Co-
met at K. Now I ſay, that a contracted Va-
pour, as G, could not cauſe this appearance,
becauſe an Inhabitant at M could not diſcern
the ſame Star with the brightneſs, but perhaps
another at L, betwixt which the Vapour is di-
rectly interpoſed. Nor could it be cauſed by a
dilated Vapour, as HI, becauſe then all the
Stars that were diſcern’d through it, would be
perceiv’d with the ſame brightneſs.

’Tis neceſſary therefore that the cauſe of this
appearance ſhould be in the Heavens. And this
is granted by the moſt and beſt Aſtronomers. But, ſay ſome, this doth not argue any natural
Alteration in thoſe purer Bodies, ſince ’tis pro-
bable that the Concourſe of many little Va-
gabond Stars, by the Union of their Beams
may cauſe ſo great a Light. Of this Opinion
were Anaxagor as and Zeno amongſt the Anci-
ents, and Baptiſta Giſatus, Blancanus, with
others amongſt our modern Aſtronomers. For,
ſay they, when there happens to be a Con-
courſe of ſome few Stars, then do many others
fly unto them from all the parts of Heaven like
ſo many Bees unto their King. But 1. ’Tis not
likely that amongſt thoſe which we count the
fixed Stars, there ſhould be any ſuch uncertain
Motions, that they can wander from all parts
of the Heavens, as if Nature had neglected
them, or forgot to appoint them a determi-
nate Courſe. 2. If there be ſuch a Conſlux
of theſe, as of Bees to their King, then what
reaſon is there, that they do not ſtill tarry with
it, that ſo the Comet may not be diſſolv’d ?

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