19 Jul A Few Observations Concerning the Shape of the Earth and an Open Challenge to Rob Skiba
A few brief comments and observations concerning the shape of the earth. If you are a flat earther or are considering the notion that the earth may be flat, please think through the following examples of very simple observations that disprove any such notion.
The sun and moon. We may observe both set below the horizon every day. If the earth was flat, the sun and moon would appear to be far larger when directly overhead, and would then appear to become significantly smaller as they moved away. (In fact, using the measurements of flat earth proponents, it would literally appear to be hundreds of times larger). This is called perspective. The farther things move away, the smaller they become. As a rule, if measured, the sun and moon are always the same size. If the earth were flat, then throughout the night, we could continue to observe them both with telescopes. But this is absolutely impossible. Why? Because they are not simply far away, instead they are below the horizon line and out of our line of sight. This is undeniable proof that the earth is spherical and not flat.
The southern celestial pole. If someone is in the southern hemisphere, they can calculate the location of the southern celestial pole (just slightly off from the southern cross) and film the clockwise rotation of the stars around it. Photographers have done this tens of thousands of times. It is precisely the opposite in the northern hemisphere where the stars rotate counter-clockwise around Polaris, (aka., the North Star). This is exactly what one would observe if the earth were a sphere. If the earth were flat, there would simply not be a southern celestial pole, only a north pole. Yet there is both. This also is undeniable proof the earth is spherical and not flat.
Short flights in the southern hemisphere. If the earth were flat, then flying for example, from Sydney, Australia to Santiago, Chile would take us directly over Alaska, etc. It would take in the range of 30+ hours. Yet this is not the route these flights take, and this is not how long they take. Instead, the Sydney to Santiago flight goes over parts of Antartica and only takes about 14 hours. This is undeniable proof the earth is spherical.
The short flight challenge: I am offering Rob Skiba or any other very prominent flat-earth proponent to fly this route with me. If the flight takes 20-40 hours, I will pay for the whole trip for both of us and publicly repent. If the flight takes roughly 14-15 hours, then they will pay for the whole trip for both of us and publicly repent.
Southern Constellations. If the earth were flat, then the view south from the southern parts of Africa, Australia, and Argentina would all be very different. Yet they all see the same constellations, such as Crux, or the Southern Cross. This is irrefutable proof the earth is spherical and not flat.
Friends, please use your God given brains, put this nonsense aside, and let’s get onto the much more important activities that the Lord has called us to.