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Egyptian solar system model

Solar System. An engraving depicting the layout of the Solar System. It is shown as the route taken by a scarab beetle. The path starts at the Earth (centre) and passes out to the heavens (top) before returning via Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon back to Earth. This illustration comes from Obeliscus pamphilius by Athanasius Kircher, printed at Rome in 1650

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1600s 17th Century Cosmology Drawing Egypt Egyptian Engraving Geocentric Journey Kircher Planets Plate Solar System Thought Vertical 1650 Imaginary Mono Chrome


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> Africa > Egypt > Related Images

> Animals > Insects > Beetle > Scarab Beetles

> Animals > Insects > Beetles > Related Images

> Arts > Artists > K > Athanasius Kircher

> Europe > Italy > Lazio > Rome

> Science > Space Exploration > Planets > Earth

> Science > Space Exploration > Planets > Jupiter

> Science > Space Exploration > Planets > Mars

> Science > Space Exploration > Planets > Mercury

> Science > Space Exploration > Planets > Saturn


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This print showcases an extraordinary Egyptian solar system model, offering a unique perspective on the layout of our celestial neighborhood. The engraving depicts a scarab beetle's journey through the cosmos, starting from Earth at its center and venturing outwards towards the heavens above. As it embarks on this cosmic odyssey, the path takes it past Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and even closer to our life-giving Sun before continuing its voyage towards Venus, Mercury, and finally reaching the Moon. This mesmerizing illustration originates from Obeliscus pamphilius by Athanasius Kircher in 1650. The intricate details of this 17th-century artwork provide a glimpse into ancient Egyptian cosmology and their geocentric view of the universe. Todd-White Art Photography has masterfully captured this thought-provoking piece that invites us to ponder humanity's understanding of space during that era. As we gaze upon this vertical composition with awe-inspiring curiosity, we are transported back in time to an age where imagination played a vital role in comprehending our place within the vastness of existence. Through this remarkable print, we are reminded not only of how far scientific knowledge has progressed but also of our innate desire to explore beyond what is known.

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