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Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

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Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 19th-century diagram. This geocentric (Earth-centred) model shows the orbits of Mercury and Venus as a series of epicycles (loops). Mercury and the Sun are at lower left. Venus is at upper right. The heliocentric system of Copernicus and Kepler replaced these epicycles with elliptical orbits around the Sun. At lower left is an astronomical quadrant. At lower right are the proportional magnitudes of 12 solar system bodies (see C017/8059) and of the Sun as seen from those bodies. The Georgium Sidus is Uranus. This page is from Universal Technological Dictionary (1823) by British author George Crabb (1778-1851)

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This print showcases the intricate and fascinating Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, a diagram from the 19th century. In this geocentric model, we witness the orbits of Mercury and Venus depicted as a series of mesmerizing loops known as epicycles. Positioned at lower left is Mercury alongside the radiant Sun, while Venus gracefully resides at upper right. The diagram also features an astronomical quadrant on its lower left side, providing further insight into celestial observations. At lower right, we are presented with proportional magnitudes of various solar system bodies, including our beloved Sun when viewed from each respective body. Notably, this page originates from George Crabb's renowned Universal Technological Dictionary published in 1823. It is important to note that these epicycles were eventually replaced by Copernicus and Kepler's heliocentric system which introduced elliptical orbits around the Sun. As we delve into history through this artwork, it becomes evident how scientific understanding evolves over time. With its monochrome aesthetic and meticulous illustrations depicting planets such as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Uranus (known as Georgium Sidus), Ceres, Vesta, Pallas along with other celestial objects; this print serves as a testament to British author George Crabb's dedication to documenting astronomical knowledge in his era. Presented by MIDDLE TEMPLE LIBRARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY - this remarkable piece invites us to explore the wonders of our universe while appreciating the rich history behind planetary science and orbital theories.

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