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Oblate Spheroid? - Got A Flat Earth Explanation Right Here Via Aqua-Optics
The Earth isn't flat, or so we are told.
We have gone through many explanations on what the shape of the Earth actually is.
First, we were told the Earth is flat and that the water just simply dropped off of the edge into space. We all knew there were many problems with this explanation because it never dealt with the issue of the continued volume of water ... save for a recirculating pump that had not been yet invented.
Second, we were told the the Earth was spherical as in a basketball. Equal roundness from all sides. This explanation was bolstered through the exploits of explorers, Italy's Columbus, backed by Spanish money, being the chief among them in the search for a faster way to trade in India and China.
Last, satellites confirm that the actual shape of the Earth is more of that like someone sitting on a beach ball where the top to the bottom are closer to each other than from side to side. The technical name for this shape is Oblate Spheroid where it actually places that point that is closest to the heavens and stars as being around the Equator as opposed to being the recognized tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.
This video has another idea ...
So, the Earth may be flat and that we are all suffering a case of optical illusion. It's an oddball planet we all are passengers on, especially when humans attempt to distort provable reality through entertaining narratives.
[ht: Justin Nuyens]
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