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

And a little before this Paſſage, the ſame
Author ſpeaking of that vaporous Air about
the Moon, tells us, Quod circumfluus ille ſplendor
diverſis temporibus apparet limpidior plus minuſve
That it does at divers times appear of a diffe-
rent Clearneſs, ſometimes more, and ſome-
times leſs; which he gueſſes to ariſe from the
Clouds and Vapours that are in it.

Unto this I may add another Teſtimony of
Bapt. Giſatus, as he is quoted by Nicrembergi-
us, grounded upon an Obſervation taken 23
Years after this of Mæſlin, and Writ to this
Euſeb. Nieremberg. in a Letter by that diligent
and judicious Aſtronomer. The Words of it
run thus; Et quidem in eclipſi nuper a ſolari quæ
fuit ipſo de natali Ghriſti, obſervavi clari in luna
ſoli ſuppoſita, quidpiam quod valde probat id ipſum
quod Gometæ quoque & maculæ ſolares urgent, nem-
pe cælum non eſſe á tenuitate & variationibus ae-
ris exemptum; nam circalunam adverti eſſe ſphæ-
ram ſeu orbem quendam vaporoſum, non ſecus at-
que circum terram, adeoque ſicut ex terra in ali-
quam uſque ſphæram vapores & exhalationes expi-
rant, ita quoque ex luna. ‘In that late Solary
‘ Eclipſe which happened on Chriſtmas Day,
‘ when the Moon was juſt under the Sun, I
‘ plainly diſcern’d that in her, which may clear-
‘ ly confirm what the Comets and Suns Spots
‘ do ſeem to prove, viz. that the Heavens are
‘ not ſolid, nor freed from thoſe Changes which
‘ our Air is liable unto; for, about the Moon
‘ I perceiv’d ſuch an Orb, a vaporous Air, as
‘ that is which doth encompaſs our Earth; and
‘ as Vapours and Exhalations are raiſed from
‘ our Earth into this Air, ſo are they alſo from
‘ the Moon.


Hiſt. Nat.
l. 2. c. II.

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