The Milky

The Apocalypse refers to the fact that "a rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne."(AP 4:3) Emerald is a bluish-green gemstone. One sees a "rainbow" encircling the constellation of the Throne on all mediaeval and contemporary star charts. The constellation of the Throne, with "a person enthroned" is always surrounded by the luminous strip of the Milky Way ([1162], [1077] and [1361]).

Fig. 3.10. Egyptian Star chart of the Northern Hemisphere. Taken from Firmamentum Firmiattum by Corbinianus, dated 1731 ([1077]). Book archive of the Pulkovo Observatory. Also see [543], page 276, ill. 143.

Fig. 3.11. Egyptian Star chart of the Southern Hemisphere. Taken from Firmamentum Firmianum by Corbinianus, dated 1731 ([1077]). Book archive of the Pulkovo Observatory. Also see [543], page 277, ill. 144.

Fig. 3.12. Ancient astronomy. Taken from Astra by Z. Bornman, dating from 1596 ([1045]). Book archive of the Pulkovo Observatory. Also see [543], page 12, ill. 3.

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