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A man looks into the eyepiece of a 24-inch reflector telescope used in watching a comet in its first stages, Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, 1910. Photograph by the Chicago Daily News, Inc. From the Smithsonian magazine: The approach of Halley’s comet … causes a commotion in May 1910. As sales of telescopes boom, widespread panic, fueled by yellow journalism speculation about the poison gas in the tail, prompts everything from prayer meetings to suicides. Chicagoans stuff keyho...