Wonders of the heavens, Band 1

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Seite 9 - Themselves in orisons! Thou material God! And representative of the Unknown — Who chose thee for his shadow! Thou chief star! Centre of many stars! which mak'st our earth Endurable, and temperest the hues And hearts of all who walk within thy rays! Sire of the seasons! Monarch of the climes, And those who dwell in them! for near or far, Our inborn spirits have a tint of thee, Even as our outward aspects; — thou dost rise And shine, and set in glory.
Seite 71 - The natural philosopher of to-day may dwell amid conceptions which beggar those of Milton. So great and grand are they, that in the contemplation of them a certain force of character is requisite to preserve us from bewilderment.
Seite 71 - Look at the integrated energies of our world, — the stored power of our coal-fields, our winds, and rivers ; our fleets, armies, and guns. What are they? They are all generated by a portion of the Sun's energy which does not amount to the twomillionth of the whole.
Seite 108 - Beyond the second ridge a talus slopes gradually down northwards to the general level of the lunar surface, the whole presenting an appearance reminding the observer of the concentric moraines of the Rhone glacier. These ridges are visible for the whole period during which that portion of the Moon's surface is illuminated ; but it is only about the third day after the first quarter, and at the corresponding phase of the waning Moon, when the Sun's rays, falling nearly horizontally, throw the details...
Seite 72 - ... unable to detect a diminution of his store. Measured by our largest terrestrial standards, such a reservoir of power is infinite ; but it is our privilege to rise above these standards, and to regard the sun himself as a speck in infinite extension — a mere drop in the universal sea. We analyse the space in which he is immersed, and which is the vehicle of his power.
Seite 60 - ... do at the edge of a deep hole of clear water. The exceedingly definite shape of these objects ; their exact similarity one to another ; and the way in which they lie across and athwart each other (except where they form a sort of bridge across a spot, in which case they seem to affect a common direction, that, namely, of the bridge itself), — all these characters seem quite repugnant to the notion of their being of a vaporous, a cloudy, or a fluid nature. Nothing remains but to consider them...
Seite 109 - Fahrenheit, would create cellular space equal to nearly 14£ millions of cubic miles, which would be more than sufficient to engulf the whole of the lunar oceans, supposing them to bear the same proportion to the mass of the Moon as our own oceans bear to that of the Earth.
Seite 6 - SUN, — the centre and soul of the solar system, — the lamp that lights it, the fire that heats it, — the magnet that guides and controls it, — the fountain of colour which gives its azure to the sky, its verdure to the fields, its rainbow hues to the gay world of flowers, and the '•' purple light of love" to the marble cheek of youth and beauty.
Seite 3 - Silence was pleased: now glowed the firmament With living sapphires; Hesperus that led The starry host rode brightest, till the moon, Rising in clouded majesty, at length Apparent queen unveiled her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
Seite 108 - Exactly opposite this last, and extending nearly across the streak in question, are two ridges forming the arcs of circles whose centres are not coincident, and whose external curvature is towards the north. Beyond the second ridge a talus slopes gradually down northwards to the general level of the lunar surface, the whole presenting an appearance reminding the observer of the concentric moraines of the Rhone glacier. These ridges are visible for the whole period during which that portion of the...

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