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Old 11-05-2016, 05:11 PM   #201 (permalink)
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oh hi guys. i think the best way to approach this is to start simple. to do that, i'm gonna ask some questions.

the first question is: how far away is the horizon?
The horizon is the boundary where the sky meets the ground or sea. If you were standing on the shore you would see that the horizon is arced, it's not flat.
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Old 11-05-2016, 05:37 PM   #202 (permalink)
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The horizon is the boundary where the sky meets the ground or sea. If you were standing on the shore you would see that the horizon is arced, it's not flat.
i know what the horizon is. but on a globe, it has a distance relative to the observer and the observer's height.

also, no person ever has seen the curvature of the earth from the shore.

so the question remains: how far is the horizon?
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Old 11-05-2016, 05:51 PM   #203 (permalink)
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For an observer on the ground with eye level at h = 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), the horizon is at a distance of 2.9 miles (4.7 km). For an observer standing on a hill or tower 100 feet (30 m) in height, the horizon is at a distance of 12.2 miles (19.6 km)
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:02 PM   #204 (permalink)
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also, no person ever has seen the curvature of the earth from the shore.
Me and every other person who has looked out at the ocean from the shore have seen the curvature of the earth.
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Me and every other person who has looked out at the ocean from the shore have seen the curvature of the earth.
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It's not strange that the horizon appears straight - it should appear straight on a spherical earth. A sphere will look the same in every direction - imagine an ant on a smooth ball if that helps. A cylindrical earth would have a curved horizon. A flat earth wouldn't have a clearly defined horizon, more a gradual blurring as further away points become more difficult to see. With a telescope you'd be able to see Australia from the US.
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