These days, we have NASA. Back in the 1920's, though, our readers had only their telescopes, opera-glasses and imaginations. In a piece titled "If the Eye Were a Telescope," writer Latimer J. Wilson described how the sun, moon, and planets would look if we could supersize their appearance on the horizon. Instead of seeing the Man on the Moon, people would see winding valleys and "phantom peaks of mountains protruding from pits of bottomless light." For an optimal view, spectators would have to stand several miles away from the moon, lest they go blind.
Incidentally, Wilson also included a description of Mars clearly written before researchers knew much about its topography. He told readers that if the planet were magnified, they would able to see snowcaps, yellow exerts, frosty plains and blue-green forests across the Martian landscape.
Read the full story in "If the Eye Were a Telescope"