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'The seasons and signs of the zodiac', c 1850.

'The seasons and signs of the zodiac', c 1850.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Engraving of an astronomical diagram showing the phases of the Earth as it moves through the different signs of the zodiac during the course of a year. It also illustrates how the amount of daylight at various locations on Earth varies with the seasons due to the Earth's axis being tilted at an angle with respect to the ecliptic, the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. Published by James Reynolds & Sons (174 Strand, London).

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