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During the years In which tbe now famous Lick telescope has been bnUding. great ouriooity has been expressed as to what its revelations would be when iarned on to the moon. That familiar j orb, which has hitherto been regarded as , a dead world— destitute of atmosphere and therefore by our deductions destitute also of vegetation and animal life — turns out to be m quite a d fferent state to that In which we used to picture it. A eentlemtn fa this town, by the laßt null boat, reoelved a letter from a friend (n America, who Is employed Id one of the observatories. Tbe Information given is of a private nature, bat the following pa'tlcu larsean be published, without breaking faith with the correspondent. In the month of November lait at full moon, th» Llok telescope was first directed to our itatellta. Of dowse the new appearances presented by the moon — under the Improved conditions of observation — are only rabjeot at present to ooDJeoture, and require much farther care and observation to eluoldate their masteries. Tbe following are some of the most noticeable changes— or rather Improvements brought into view. Certain parts of the moon, tbe ■o-called seas, th° mare humorum, mare crisium, mare serenitatis, etc., have always presented a faint green oalor ; according to the new revelation, the observer, m spite of accepted theories to the contrary — confesses that they most unmlatakeibly present all the app*aranoe of vegetation and nothing else. Sooh a statement, opposed as it Is to our lunar theories appears almost inoredible. The circular fljor of the crater of Liohtenberg, which is ab-mt one and a half mile m diameter and wbloh has always appeared of a red tint, now gives the appearance of being m a g*mte of mild eruption, the ruddy tinge being caused by the smoke. Some years •go Schmidt, cf Athens, deolared that tbe oreter of Llnne was undergoing a change; mt the time his statement was derided by his brother astronomers ; it now teems that he was right, «a tne as yet few observations confirm his assertion. After only a slight examination ihore are strong Indications that Mare Imbrium and Oeeanut Proctttarium are Inhabited. The unique and lofty tableland of Wargentin is another locality which presents evidence of habitation. The dans-ing brilliant streaks^ which, la large numbers, radiate to enormous distances from the gigantic craters of Plato, Meroator, Oampanue, Triesneoker, Aristarohus, and others, glisten iust like glass, and are no doubt, obsidian or volcanic glass. The yawning chasms and cracks are wonderfully developed, and appear »s if only the fresh results of plutonlo aotion ; their lips are orowied with slips and breaks ac if they bad been getting a great shaking up; thousands of smaller cracks, hitherto invisible, have been added to our lunar flhart* About some of these cracks there •re appearances which Indicate interference! other th«n natural. Seine ares s whioh was thought to be quite smooth, are now proved to be oovered with a crowded mass of low cones, tumili and oonlcal deprecslons ; they are veritably m millions. The telescope has as yet only been on Its Jxlal, but shortly when continuous observation Is established, we may look for confirmation of the present surmises and for farther discoveries. It is quite likely that it will prove that mild voloanlo aotion Is still disturbing the moon's surfaoe. and that onder the extraordinary conditions «f a vaonom there exist vegetation and animal life. We shall then have another wonder added to our knowledge of creation.—" Wellington Press."

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THE GIANT LICK TELESCOPE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2047, 26 January 1889

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THE GIANT LICK TELESCOPE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2047, 26 January 1889