Report of the Chuck Berry Astronomical Society Committee on Historical Investigation and Minutiae
Members present: Peter K. and Peter O.
Question raised: Was he observing, or simply posing?
Working Hypothesis: Actual Astronomical Observations.
Evidence: Shadows, Aperture, Apparent Age, Apparel.
The Committee observed that all shadows are directly behind the subject. This would indicate that his telescope is pointing directly at the Sun. Committee also observed that aperture of scope appears to have been reduced significantly at front end. This would indicate use of antique solar filter. Use of filter also supported by current absence of blindness in left eye of subject. Mr. K. presented data showing two annular solar eclipses visible from State of Missouri during subject's adolescence: April 19, 1939 and April 7, 1940, each of which seems consistent with subject's apparent age in photograph prior to major growth spurt. Subject's identity confirmed by shoes, which are substantially similar to shoes in painting below (by el padre de Enrique). Subject's other clothing appears consistent with spring weather conditions. Subject is located on roof of building-- a perfect location for solar observations. Additional spooky anecdotal evidence: Eclipse Restaurant's location directly between Pageant and Blueberry Hill.
Conclusion: Evidence indicates that Mr. Berry was an amateur astronomer, making observations of a partial solar eclipse in the spring of 1939 or 1940. Evidence also indicates that both the photograph, and the painting, are quite wonderful.