10 Reasons The Earth Is Most Definitely Round

10 Reasons The Earth Is Most Definitely Round

To Flat-Earthers everywhere: some food for thought.

87
views

I have just recently come into contact with the (crazy) theory that our planet Earth, spherical celestial body that rotates around its own axis, may not actually be... round. Based on that, I've compiled a list of things that prove the Earth is 100% not flat.

1. Gravity

media.giphy.com

Now, I'm no science major, but I do know a little bit about gravity. Spheres have a consistent shape. This means that no matter where you are on a sphere, you will have the same amount of sphere underneath your feet.

The basic idea of this concept is that an object will fall towards a center of mass. A sphere's center of mass is quite simply the center of the sphere. If the earth was a flat plane, the center of mass would be directly in the middle. That would mean if you dropped an apple at the "end" of the earth it would fall sideways.

In actuality, if you drop an apple anywhere on this planet, it will fall straight down (not considering wind or the elements), towards the center of mass, which is the center of the Earth, because it is spherical.

2. Airplanes

media.giphy.com

The flight paths of airplanes appear as arcs, because since the Earth is round, it would not be possible for a plane to fly in a straight line. Of course, if you were to flatten a globe the trajectory of a flight would appear linear, but on a globe it is curved. Since a globe is the most accurate representation of Earth, the curvature of flight paths makes perfect sense.

3. The Moon

media.giphy.com

Ever seen a lunar eclipse? A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, the sun, and Earth are all in line with one another with Earth between the sun and the moon. The sun casts a shadow of the earth on the moon, and as the moon moves in and out of Earth's shadow, the end of the Earth is visible in the shadow, and it is very clearly curved.

4. Constellations

media.giphy.com

The positions of stars change relative to us as the celestial bodies orbit around each other. That said, the constellations are star patterns that are visible to you are only visible based on your position on Earth. Someone else standing on the other side of the globe, looking at the same sky you are, would see different constellations. If the Earth was flat, we would all see the same constellations in the same sky. Albeit from different angles, but the same formations anyway

5. Other planets 

media.giphy.com

Going all the way back to Galileo, the man who radically declared that the Earth was not the center of the universe and discovered Jupiter and the moons orbiting around it. We've come to a mutual agreement as humanity that all of the other planets are spherical and orbit the sun. Why would the Earth be flat if the rest of the planets in the Milky Way are not?

6. Neil deGrasse Tyson says so

Neil deGrasse Tyson is never wrong.

7. Ships on the horizon

media.giphy.com

Of course, since we are so small relative to the Earth, it would be impossible for us to see its curvature except from above. That said, the curvature is evident when standing on the edge of a large body of water. With patience, watch a ship sail off into the distance until you can no longer see it. It will not disappear seemingly linearly, rather the sail/mast will appear to sink.

8. Shadows

media.giphy.com

Since the surface of the Earth is rounded, no two shadows of the same object will be the same length at any point, ever, unless they are in the exact same place, which is impossible. Go outside and put two sticks that are the same length in the group. If the Earth was flat the shadows would be the same length, but they aren't. Why? Because the Earth is round.

9. Time zones

media.giphy.com

Depending on what time zone you're in, the sun rises and sets at a certain position. The position changes as you move across the globe, hence the Earth's lack of flatness.

10. Circumnavigate the globe

media.giphy.com

Columbus did it in the 15th century by boat, you can do it in the 21st century by air. While relatively expensive, you can in fact take a trip around the world in an airplane. You would not be able to do that if the Earth was flat. Bonus: at the right elevation and angle, you'd actually be able to see the curve of the Earth with only your eyeballs.

Popular Right Now

An Open Letter To My Dog In Heaven

You're so incredibly loved and missed.
17374
views

You have been there every day for so long. I woke up and went to bed every day knowing you were there and would still be there when I awoke the next morning. You never failed to greet me with an ecstatic wagging tail and an adorable toothy smile whenever I walked into the room. I missed you every single second that we weren't together. We have been the best of friends since the day we met, and our bond has only strengthen throughout the years.

However, as I grew older, so did you. As I was able to do more, you were able to do less. I was able to drive, go to the movies on my own, and apply to college. But you, you couldn't jump as high anymore, you couldn't run as fast as you used to, you couldn't swim as much as you would have liked. Even when your abilities declined, you still remained the happiest pup I had ever met and would continue to always try your hardest to make me happy.

Then the day came. That dreadful, dreadful day. The day where I had to watch you take your last breath as I laid by your side, the day where I had to watch the vet take away the best friend that I had ever known. As horrible as that moment was, and as sad as I still am, I am at peace.

I am at peace because I know that you are in a much, much better place. I know that as soon as you took your last breath here on Earth, God swept your beautiful, innocent soul from the ground and flew you to Heaven. I know that you have gained your furry little wings that you so rightfully deserve, and I am proud that I was able to know and love such an amazing little angel as you.

As I am still here on Earth, I can't say that I know what Heaven above is like for you, but I hope that you are truly having the time of your life. I hope that you are surrounded by perfectly green meadows filled with colorful flowers and blanketed by the bluest skies and the brightest rays of sunshine. I hope that you have hundreds of different lakes, ponds, streams, and even oceans to swim in as much as your sweet little heart pleases. I hope that you have already met with all of our relatives up there and that they give you endless treats and belly rubs, since I no longer can. I hope that all of your pain and suffering has vanished, allowing you to be the young, energetic pup that you once were and have been longing to be for so long now.

Even though we are no longer physically together anymore, you will forever remain in my heart and soul. You were a blessing sent from above, and now, God needs you back. Thank you for completing me and teaching me important life lessons; I will carry you with me everywhere I go until we meet again. I love you, my guardian angel.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Every Household Needs A Dog

Dog lovers have got it right.

232
views

Whether it's 101 Dalmatians or a St. Bernard named Beethoven, every household needs a dog. Forget cats, fish, and hamsters! They have their perks but nothing beats a dog. I mean look at that face!


media2.giphy.com

Here are eight reasons dogs are a must:

1. They are great with kids

Giphy

When trained properly, dogs make great playmates for kids. They give children the opportunity to develop and interact with the natural world around them.

2. They are protective

Giphy

From the smallest pup to the largest dog, all dogs will protect your home from any danger. Whether it is from a lizard that crept in or a burglar, your dog will alarm you of any unwanted guests.

3. They make great companions

Giphy

Dogs have a great intuition to tell if you are feeling down. They are readily there to offer comfort. Dogs also are always ready to celebrate with you. They jump even at the simple act of you coming home.

4. They love to cuddle

Giphy

Cold nights watching Netflix just got 100 times better with your furry friend. They will even cover your eyes during the scary parts of the movie.

5. They make you laugh

Giphy

Dogs have their own sense of humor that is incomparable to any other. With simply chasing their tails, you can be entertained for hours.

6. They bring you gifts

Giphy

Dogs are generous by nature. They see your shoes on the ground, they will bring them to you. They see a cool stick, they'll want you to see it too.

7. They are loyal

Giphy

I've never seen a service cat. But I sure have seen a service dog. Dogs are loyal and obedient. Once you fall for each other, they never leave your side.

8. They are adorable

Giphy

Finally, dogs are just so darn cute! How can you say no to loving them!!

Dogs are the best! You can have other pets, but a dog is a must.


media2.giphy.com

Related Content

Facebook Comments