Throughout the final week of August 1835, a long article appeared in serial form on the front page of the New York Sun.
It bore the headline:
GREAT ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES
BY SIR JOHN HERSCHEL, L.L.D. F.R.S. &c.At the Cape of Good Hope
[From Supplement to the Edinburgh Journal of Science]
The start of "THE GREAT MOON HOAX OF 1835."
"Moon People - 1835 Type."
With the conspiracy theories about the Moon Landings of 1969+, still appearing, I thought this might be of interest, I can’t seem to find a thread about this particular moon hoax, but if it has been posted before – sorry!
Long before Orson Welles’s wonderful broadcast about the Martian invasion of earth (H.G. Well’s: War Of The Worlds), circulated to a stunned populace by the new science of Radio on October 30th 1938, there was ‘The Great Moon Hoax of 1835’. Whilst people did not flee or shoot at water towers, it was well read and discussed.
"The New York Sun tells all!"
First published in the ‘New York Sun’ in August 1835, the articles ran for six instalments and supposed the discovery of life and civilization on the moon. Apparently, all the wonderful and lurid details being visible through a giant telescope ‘of an entirely new principle’.
The humanoids were bat like, winged and hairy! They were called ‘Vespertilo-homo’ and they built temples and other creations of civilisation.
Believed to have been attributed to a certain Richard A. Locke, who wrote under the name Dr. Andrew Grant.
"Richard A. Locke."
These articles gave the ‘New York Sun’ the world’s largest circulation at the time!
An interesting note was that Edgar Allan Poe had, in June 1835, wrote a similar article in the ‘Southern Literary Messenger’ which is regarded as one of the first science fiction stories.
Journalist hoaxes are still about today, normally on 1st April!
"A reading from The New York Sun "Moon Hoax" story of 1835, in which Dr John Herschel spots beavers and man-bats having great fun on the moon."
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