Image from page 37 of "The world: historical and actual" (1886)
Subjects: World history
Publisher: Chicago, Fairbanks & Palmer publishing co
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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Telescopic View of Jupiter.
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stands for the water of the other. Science showsit to be a very old planet. The other planets,Neptune, Saturn. Ura-nus, and Jupiter, are sovery far off that their pe-culiarities are less knownthan those of the othermembers of the family ofthe Sun. The rings ofSaturn, however, deservemention. The most plaus-ible theory is that eachring consists of an accumulation of satellites,completely tilling its orbit. These satellites,however, defy anything like definite observa-tion. In this connection, it may be well to give somefacts general tothe solar sys-tem. The prop-erties of matterare fourteen,viz.: Divisibil-ity, indestructi- Telescopic View of Saturn. bility, impenetrability (or the occupancy of space),variability (i.e., gas, liquid or solid), inertia,motion, force, gravitation, magnetism, electricity,heat, reflection, refraction, polarizing and absorb-ing, cohesion and repulsion. Taking water as astandard of unity, the density of the planets is asfollows: Neptune, 1*35; Uranus, 1-28: S
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