Historical celestial system

Historical celestial system

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Caption: Historical celestial system. Illustration of the celestial system proposed by Athanasius Kircher in his 1660 work Iter extaticum coeleste. At top is a map of the spheres surrounding the Earth (centre), including the air, fire and the stars. At bottom is a model of the Earth (centre) with the equator, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the horizon, the poles and the ecliptic (the line along which the Sun, Moon and planets appear to move) mapped onto the sky.

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Keywords: 1660, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, athanasius, celestial, earth, historical, history of science, illustration, iter extaticum coeleste, kircher, map, seventeenth century, star, stars, system

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