The Planetary and Stellar Worlds: A Popular Exposition of the Great Discoveries and Theories of Modern Astronomy in a Series of Ten Lectures

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Oakley & Mason, 1867 - Astronomy - 336 pages
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Page 316 - For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet...
Page 277 - Take him and undress him from his robes of flesh ; cleanse his vision, and put a new breath into his nostrils ; only touch not with any change his human heart — the heart that weeps and trembles. It was done ; and with a mighty angel for his guide, the man stood ready for his infinite voyage ; and from the terraces of heaven, without sound or farewell, at once they wheeled away into endless space. Sometimes with...
Page 115 - GRAVITATION.* — Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle of matter with a force directly proportional to its mass, and decreasing as the square of the distance Fig.
Page 277 - God called up from dreams a man into the vestibule of heaven, saying, ' Come thou hither and see the glory of my house.' And to the servants that stood around his throne he said, ' Take him and undress him from his robes of flesh ; cleanse his vision and put a new breath into his nostrils ; only touch not with any change his human heart — the heart that weeps and trembles.
Page 277 - Then, from a distance that is counted only in heaven, light dawned for a time through a sleepy film : by unutterable pace the light swept to them, they by unutterable pace to the light : in a moment the rushing of planets was upon them : in a moment the blazing of suns was around them. Then came eternities of twilight, that revealed, but were not revealed.
Page 88 - If you forgive me, I rejoice, if you are angry, I can bear it ; the die is cast, the book is written ; to be read either now or by posterity, I care not which ; it may well wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.
Page 18 - The first grand revolution to mortal vision is nearly completed. A faint streak of rosy light is seen in the East — it brightens — the stars fade — the planets are extinguished — the eye is fixed in mute astonishment on the growing splendor, till the first rays of the returning sun dart their radiance on the young earth and its solitary inhabitant. To him ' the evening and the morning were the first day.
Page 218 - Lepaute was such, that without her we never should have dared to undertake the enormous labor, in which it was necessary to calculate the distance of each of the two planets, Jupiter and Saturn, from the comet, separately for every degree, for one hundred and fifty years.
Page 278 - Suddenly, as thus they rode from infinite to infinite, suddenly, as thus they tilted over abysmal worlds, a mighty cry arose, that systems more mysterious, that worlds more billowy, other heights and other depths, were coming, were nearing, were at hand. " Then the man sighed, and stopped, shuddered, and wept. His...
Page 57 - ... is dimmed, his light is feeble. At last it comes ! Blackness is eating away his round disc. Onward with slow but steady pace the dark veil moves, blacker than a thousand nights. The gloom deepens ; the ghastly hue of death covers the universe, the last ray is gone, and horror reigns. A wail of terror fills the murky air, the...

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