Destroying the Flat Earth Myth

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Flat earth myth: The moon is a translucent body and did not pass in front of the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse.

Truth: Yes it was the moon, yes it did pass in front of the sun (at the EXACT second that scientists who believe in the globe said it would…seriously, I was amazed at the down-to-the-second accuracy of their prediction), and yes I accidentally photographed it. I panicked a bit during totality and completely forgot I had a solar filter on my telescope. I blindly increased exposure time trying to get an image until I realized I needed to take the filter off. I snapped another round of images without changing exposure, resulting in a grossly overexposed image…but it did do one thing. Irrefutably show the moon in front of the sun. You’re welcome.

Flat earth myth: The moon produces it’s own light.

Truth: This is a ridiculous concept and so easy to disprove that it was barely worth my time. Take binoculars or a small telescope and look at the moon, particularly the craters at the edge. You’ll notice the lip of the crater casts a shadow…you know, from the sun illuminating it. Furthermore, if you’re reading this and a flat earther…why would the moon produce it’s own light and then change the shape of said light every month(ish)? What scientific reason do you have for moon phases? I’ll hang up and listen to your answer.

Flat earth myth: Nothing in our solar system orbits and the planets are translucent sources of light.

Truth: Have you ever seen Venus? Or maybe followed it over the span of a few months to watch its phases change because its orbit is closer to the sun than ours? How about the moons of Jupiter and the fact that sometimes you see less than 4 because the planet occludes them? Maybe instead of watching YouTube conspiracy videos, you should go outside from time to time.

Flat earth myth: The sun revolves in a circle and is always above the pizza shaped earth.

Truth: Look, we could go into more scientific detail here about how this is impossible. Things like at equinox when the sun rises directly in the east it’s impossible for this to work on the flat earth; you would need multiple suns to accomplish this. No, I wanted to keep it simple so you guys could understand. So, simple observations here. If there is a tall bank of clouds in the east (say during a summer pop-up thunderstorm) and the sun sets in the west, the cloud bank will get dark from the bottom-up. This is because the sun sets below the horizon. Same thing explains how high clouds can be illuminated from underneath and the presence of earth’s shadow at sunrise and sunset.

Here is a Dropbox link to the eclipse RAW file that shows the moon in front of the sun:

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