I find the internet is stuffed full of useful information, however, there’s also equal amounts of crap that holds no value. The problem is, most people these days don’t bother attempting to separate the two for any given situation. One such issue, which has me floored with how many people buy into it, is the Flat Earth Theory.
Now, I don’t like to rant about something unless I’ve read the entire situation through, from all perspectives. That being said, I’m still at a loss with how people can believe in a Flat Earth, when simple observations and experiments from your own home (Well, if you can see the stars) can prove them wrong.
First, Whether cone-shaped, disk-shaped, or whatever they choose to call it, there has to be something going on with the rotation of the planet. One theory I read was that the Sun and Moon go around the Earth (Wow, really?), and another suggests the Earth does rotate, like a cone on a point. There are other theories, but any of them can be resolved by the experiments I’m going to list.
Hope you like the night, because the experiment requires view of the stars and a telescope (Doesn’t have to be expensive, but does have to work). Unless you’re on the equator, you’ll be able to find one of the pole stars. These stars seem to sit stationary throughout the night. They’re not necessary to find, but do make observations easier to track over several nights. The rest is simple observations. Watch the stars move. Want to be lazy, record the night sky on camera and play it fast forward over several nights. The movements of the stars will change, not just through the sky, but in distance to each other. Planets will zoom through, and so will the moon. These observations will clearly show that the Earth is rotating on an axis, with two separate and opposite points. These observations are important, because of the next experiment to run.
Okay, Earth’s rotation has been established, but what about the shape? Well, I think we can all agree the Earth has Gravity. What shape does a spinning body of matter take with pressure from Gravitational pull and rotational speed? Grade school science experiments show that over time, any matter under those forces will become a sphere. Don’t take my word for it, look up what to use to do the experiment yourself.
So, whether the planet is six thousand years or six billion years old, as long as there was gravity and rotation, it’s a sphere. If it were a cone, the planet would’ve flung away from the sun a long time ago, and we’d all be dead. If it were a disk, we would’ve spun out of control and broke apart from our own centrifugal force. The only shape we can scientifically prove, through our own observations and experiments (Not just what we’re told) is that the Earth, like every other celestial body of relative size, is a sphere.
Don’t believe me, figure out the experiments and observations on your own. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Science cannot lie to you. Historically, even the ancient Greeks knew the Earth was a sphere. How do you think they created the measurement system? The curve of the planet was taken into account. So, if 2,300 years ago, educated people knew the world was a sphere, why is it so hard for people with the world’s knowledge at their fingertips to come to the same conclusion?