Wonders in the Sky (2009)

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The press, exploiting people’s interests and concerns for the sake of sales, began a love story with these still-mysterious astronomical phenomena, and it lasted till the end of the century. Given th...e interest in meteorites in the name of scientific progress, the public was encouraged to report the latest observations at their local newspaper offices.
- Claims of extraterrestrial encounters were first made in this century. Such claims were not published until the 1850s on, but tall tales involving the alleged inhabitants of the moon, allegedly spied through telescopes, had become popular decades earlier. It was not long before stories of aliens on the moon would turn into stories of aliens on visits to Earth. Indeed, by the late 19th century the press would be full of articles speculating on what extraterrestrials drank and ate, on the average height of Venusians and on whether airships had already made the journey across interstellar space to meet us. As early as 1847 the Mormons, followed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, began to discuss interplanetary travel and speculated on which physical planet God inhabited.
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