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Thomas Wright's Explanation of the Milky Way
16" x 24"
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Illustration showing Thomas Wrights explanation of the Milky Way from his book An Original Theory of the Universe published in London in Wright gave the first correct explanation of the appearance of the Milky Way as being due to our immersion in a layer of stars An observer at A would see few stars when looking towards B or C more when looking towards E F or G and many stars when looking along the plane towards H Wright proposed that the Sun is one of many stars orbiting around a Divine Centre and that the stars are distributed either in thin concentric spherical shells or in annuli like the rings of Saturn