Celestial Scenery: Or, The Wonders of the Planetary System Displayed

Harper & brothers, 1838 - 422 páginas

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Página 252 - As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night ! O'er heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light, When not a breath disturbs the deep serene, And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene ; Around her throne the vivid planets roll, And stars unnumbered gild the glowing pole, O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, And tip with silver every mountain's head...
Página 105 - evidence of things not seen," in the fulness of Divine grace ; and was profound on this, the greatest concern of human life, while unable even to comprehend how the " inclination of the earth's axis to the plane of its orbit" could be the cause of the change of the seasons.
Página 252 - O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, And tip with silver every mountain's head; Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise, A flood of glory bursts from all the skies : The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight, Eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light.
Página 139 - Almighty alone, who rules in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and who dethrones one earthly king and sits up another, as it seemeth good in his holy sight.
Página 200 - The true cause of the variation of the seasons consists in the inclination of the axis of the earth to the plane of its orbit; or, in other words, to the ecliptic.
Página 119 - I may well be permitted to surmise, that the same causes may probably have the same effect on the globe, of Mars ; that the bright polar spots are owing to the vivid reflection of light from frozen regions, and that the reduction of those spots is to be ascribed to their being exposed to the1 sun.
Página 339 - For thus saith the LORD, that created the heavens; God himself, that formed the earth and made it ; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, lie formed it to be inhabited : I am the LORD ; and there is none else.
Página 240 - ... described. In some instances their margins are level with the general surface of the moon, but in most cases they are encircled with a high annular ridge of mountains marked with lofty peaks. Some of the larger of these cavities contain smaller cavities of the same kind and form, particularly in their sides. The mountainous ridges which surround these cavities reflect the greatest quantity of light ; and hence that region of the moon in which they abound appears brighter than any other. From...
Página 200 - ... sun in different parts of the earth, which are owing partly to the inclination of the axis of the earth to the plane of the ecliptic, and partly to the different positions in which a spectator is placed in different zones of the globe. It is almost needless to remark, that these motions of the sun are not real, but only apparent.
Página 298 - ... known length ; and as the parallax or angle at the moon can be measured, all the angles and one side are given ; whence the distance of the moon from the centre of the earth may be computed. The parallax of an object may be found, if two observers under the same meridian, but at a very great distance from one another, observe its zenith distance on the same day at the time of its passage over the meridian.

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