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SATURN AND ITS SYSTEM :
CONTAINING DISCUSSIONS OF
THE MOTIONS (REAL AND APPARENT) AND TELESCOPIC
HABITABILITY OF SATURN.
TO WHICH ARE APPENDED
NOTES ON CHALDÆAN ASTRONOMY, LAPLACE'S NEBULAR THEORY,
EXPLANATORY NOTES; AND EXPLANATIONS OF ASTRONOMICAL TERMS.
RICHARD A. PROCTOR, B.A.
Late Scholar of St. John's College, Cambridge, and King's College, London.
ILLUSTRATED BY FOURTEEN ENGRAVINGS IN
STEEL AND COPPER,
THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD,
This I and would wish all men to know and lay to heart, that he who discerns nothing but Mechanism in the Universe, has in the fatallest way missed the Secret of the Universe altogether.
I HAVE endeavoured in this work to give a complete account of the phenomena presented by the planet Saturn and its system. It might appear, at first sight, that a single planet, however interesting or elaborate the scheme of which it is the centre, should rather be made the subject of a chapter than of a volume, even of the moderate dimensions of the present. It will be found, however, that much that is contained in these pages, is applicable, with suitable changes in matters of detail, to all the members of the solar system.
The inquiry into the nature of the rings, in Chapter V., deals with a subject not uninteresting, I think, on its own account, but which gathers an additional interest from its bearing on the speculations of Laplace. It is not altogether impossible that in the variations perceptibly proceeding in the Saturnian ring-system a key may one day be found to the law of development under which the solar system has reached its present condition.
Certain points of resemblance between the relations of Saturn and our earth, as respects the variations of their seasons, have induced me to devote somewhat more space to the consideration of the celestial phenomena presented to the Saturnians than the nature of the subject might appear to warrant. These features of resemblance---singular in