oa Journal of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The earth as a planet

Volume 1, Issue 3
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If we could detach ourselves from the Earth, we should find that it was not borne on the shoulders of Atlas, nor supported on the backs of four elephants, who were standing on the back of a tortoise-as some mythologies tell us-but that it was a globe hanging in space, in which there is no preference shown for up nor down, nor for North, South, East, or West, but merely objects such as the neighbouring Moon, the distant Sun, and other heavenly bodies all poised in space.

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