How an 1892 ‘Trip to the Moon’ Changed How We Think About Space

An illustration of “Scene #6: Solar Eclipse as Seen from the Moon,” from “A Trip to the Moon.” Scientific America/Public DomainMost days in 1892, ticket holders at Manhattan’s Carnegie Music Hall enjoyed programs of standard entertainment: the New York Philharmonic; a famous speaker; a ragtime show. But starting in February, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, they got something a little different. As soon as the theater’s lights went down, the…