Astronomers are just as crazy as UFO spotters….maybe more so
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Noted British astronomer, John Herschel, son of the equally famous William Herschel, was lauded in his time and today:
In 1831 the honor of knighthood was conferred on him by King William IV, and two years later he again received the recognition of the Royal Society by the award of one of their medals for his memoir "On the Investigation of the Orbits of Revolving Double Stars." The award significantly commemorated his completion of his father's discovery of gravitational stellar systems by the invention of a graphical method whereby the eye could as it were see the two component stars of the binary system revolving under the prescription of the Newtonian law. [From NNBD.com]
But, as the 1952 The Mystery of Other Worlds Revealed, edited by Lloyd Mallan, has it, in an article by M. Frederic Sanchez, Ph.D. [Page 60], Sir John said he saw creatures on the Moon in 1835, using his father’s gigantic telescope (pictured below this Bettmann Archive reproduction of Sir John’s observed creatures):
What sane person would say they saw such beings, using a telescope, admittedly grand but hardly able to discern such a detailed, imagined panorama?
But more recently (1924), astronomer R. J. Trumpler drew the canals of Mars that he saw through his telescope [from Max Miller’s Flying Saucers: Fact or Fiction, 1957, Page 60]:
Astronomers are a goofy lot, as I discovered when J. Allen Hynek said, in 1966, that Frank Mannor’s flying saucer was “swamp gas.”
UFO mavens and astronomers, it seems, come from the same obtuse DNA stock.