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The Great Astronomy Hoax of 1835

Anna Green
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On August 25, 1835, readers of the New York newspaper The Sun were enthralled by reports of life on the moon. An astronomer who had built a huge telescope reported lunar bison, moonscape meadows, and bipedal beavers. Readers ate it up, boosting The Sun's circulation—too bad it was a hoax.

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