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18th Century Illustration of the Solar System
18" x 24"

Illustration depicting the solar system from Thomas Wrights book An Original Theory of the Universe published in London in The illustration shows the Sun centre and the orbits of the six known planets Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn The elliptical orbit of a comet is also shown The image echoes the German mystic Boehme or Behmen in depicting Hell represented by the serpent biting its tail as being outside the solar system In this book Wright gave the first correct explanation of the appearance of the Milky Way as being due to our immersion in a layer of stars

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