Rough image of en:1835 :lithograph of "ruby amphitheater" described in the New York Sun newspaper issue of en:28 August en:1835: Series four of six
On this day, August 25th 1835, The New York Sun began publishing a series of articles about the discovery of life and civilization on the moon. The findings were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel a well known astronomer. The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids ("Vespertilio-homo") who built temples. There were trees and oceans and beaches. These discoveries were supposedly made with "an immense telescope of an entirely new principle". The author of the narrative was supposedly Dr. Andrew Grant, who described himself as the travelling companion of Sir John Herschel, but Dr Grant was fictitious.
The New York Sun published six articles and terminated them due the imaginary telescope being destroyed.