Reference numberCLP/8i/49
TitlePaper, 'Concerning the distance of the fixt stars' by Francis Robartes
DescriptionRobartes writes on the distance of the fixed stars, stating that 'the ancient astronomers who had no other way of computing the distances of the heavenly bodys but by their paralax to the semidiameter of the Earth, and being never able to discover any of the fixt stars, did from thence rightly enough infer that their distance was verry great and much exceeding that of the planetts, but could goe no farther otherwise then by uncertain guess.'

Subject: Astronomy

Read to the Royal Society on 8 November 1693
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
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NA8413Robartes; Francis (c1650 - 1718); politician and natural philosopherc1650 - 1718
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