This guy used a picture of Lake Michigan and science to prove the Earth is not flat

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Wednesday 12 August 2020 08:15
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Picture: Lake Michigan(Gregory Pagel)

Most people with a brain know that the Earth isn't flat. But for some reason, the Flat Earth conspiracy continues to gain popularity.

Flat Earthers believe that the world is flat, and that any evidence to the contrary is faked and it's all a cover up by the government.

There's a common thread with most Flat Earther arguments, which is that they lack substantial evidence in any argument or debate.

Despite this, Imgur user GregPagel's views were challenged after he posted some images of Lake Michigan. Greg realised the horizon he captured seemed rather flat, which made him question a few things.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Greg said:

I’ve often looked at the horizon over that lake thousands of times and wondered 'am I seeing a curve? Maybe a little?' as a kid, I’d look at it a lot.

So to get to the bottom of this, Greg decided to science the heck out of the pictures and what he found is truly awesome. Prepare for maths and diagrams.

Greg took some beautiful panorama shots of Lake Michigan.

Picture:(Gregory Pagel)
Picture:(Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)

Greg noticed something odd about the pictures.

So he employed a bunch of science to get to the bottom of this.

Greg called in some help from Google Earth and some nifty graphs.

Picture: (Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)

'The fun part was showing a .12 degree arc on a circle. It’s almost nothing!'.

Picture: (Gregory Pagel)
Picture: (Gregory Pagel)

The answer is that a 0.12 curve is barely visible.

A lot of people say the Earth looks flat as all they see is what they perceive is a flat-looking horizon.

According to the amazing Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: the horizon looks flat because you're not far enough away from what you see and the average size of a human - relative to Earth - isn't large enough to notice any curvature at all.

It's a fundamental fact that small sections of large-curved surfaces, will always look flat to the small human beings on it.

But of course, in a free society you absolutely should believe in what you like.

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