Show Notes: The Great Moon Hoax

Tracy Wilson

A French print by the Thierry brothers showing the appearance of the landscape and inhabitants of the Moon. Photo by SSPL/Getty Images

In 1835, a New York newspaper printed a series of articles about fantastic discoveries of life on the moon, made thanks to a particularly impressive telescope. Every bit of it was patently false. We talk about the "discoveries" themselves, whether people believed them and what the for-real astronomer Sir John Herschel thought of the whole business. (We also talk about the Memory Palace episode "The Moon in the Sun.")

Our listener mail is from Ean about the Hartford Circus Fire in part 1, and from Angie, who writes about Halloween candy, in part 2.

Episode links: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1 and The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2

Holly's research:

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