Sizes of celestial bodies, 1708

Sizes of celestial bodies, 1708

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This image is part of the sequence Space: Harmonica Macrocosmica cosmography

Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sizes of celestial bodies. This is plate 10 from the 1708 edition of the star atlas 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). It shows the relative sizes of the celestial bodies. These include planets, the Moon, and the various spheres containing the stars. A scale is shown down centre. Various putti adorn the border, while the Latin title is split between upper left and upper right. First published in 1660, 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' had 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk.

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