The Geography of the heavens and class-book of astronomy

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Sheldon & Company, 1874 - Constellations - 348 pages
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Page 149 - the name of Milky, know; The groundwork is of stars, through which the road Lies open to the Thunderer's abode." Milton alludes to this in the following lines :— " A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold, And pavement, stars, as stars to thee appear, Seen in the Galaxy, that Milky-Way, Which nightly
Page 44 - Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven ? Canst thou bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion; canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season, or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" Calmet supposes that Mazzaroth is here put for the whole order of celestial bodies ir the Zodiac, which, by their appointed revolutions, produce the various seasons of
Page 163 - of the sun. The whole heavens seemed in motion, and suggested to some the awful grandeur of the image employed in the apocalypse, upon the opening of the sixth seal, when " the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig-tree
Page 94 - By his spirit He hath garnished the Heavens ; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent." Mr. Green supposes, however, that the inspired writer here refers to Draco because it is a more obvious constellation, being nearer the pole where the
Page 162 - four hours Their direction was very regular from north to south. From the beginning of the phenomenon there was not a space in the firmament, equal in extent to three diameters of the moon, which was not filled every instant with bolides or falling stars. All the meteors left luminous traces, or phosphorescent bands
Page 49 - Shot from the chariot like a falling star, That in a summer's evening from the top Of heaven drops down, or seems at least to drop, Till on the Po his blasted corpse was hurl'd, Far from his country, in the western world." The fable of Phaeton evidently alludes to some extraordinary heats
Page 48 - rent course. I steer against their motions; nor am I Borne back by all the current of the sky : But how could you resist the orbs that roll In adverse whirls, and stem the rapid po'e?" Phoebus represented the dangers to which he would be exposed in vain. He undertook the
Page 144 - ruddy purple. 249. It is not easy to conceive what variety of illumination two suns—a red and a green, or a yellow and a blue one—must afford to a planet revolving about either ; and what charming contrasts and grateful vicissitudes—a red and a green day, for instance, alternating with a white one and with darkness—might
Page 296 - THE ECLIPTIC. 590. The inclination of the Earth's axis to the plane of the ecliptic causes the equinoctial to depart 23 28' from the ecliptic. This angle made by the equinoctial and the ecliptic is called the Obliquity of the.
Page 168 - arose, and taking my sword, stood at the door. At this moment, I heard the same voice still beseeching me to rise, and saying, *O, my God, the world is on fire !' I then opened the door, and it is difficult to say which excited me most—the awfulness of

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