Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers proof the Earth is round

Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers proof the Earth is round

It all sounds utterly bonkers, but Flat Earthers are often quite self-aware about why they believe the Earth is flat - and it's to do with comfort, one expert has said. There is a small group of people known as Flat Earthers who indeed belong to the Flat Earth Society who claim that the Earth is flat but it definitely isn't.

This time, as the flat-earther conspiracy continues to circulate among folks who believe the Moon landing was faked and folks who don't believe in gravity, Tyson released a longer explanation describing ways people can see for themselves how the Earth is round. Late past year, hundreds of people who believe Earth is flat attended the first annual Flat Earth International Conference, The Economist reported. In a new video, Neil deGrasse Tyson addresses all of those facts and more when dispelling the idiotic theory that the Earth is flat, and it's a lovely sight.

An example of a flat Earth proof is a study that was repeatedly conducted over a body of water stretching for an average of six miles. A look at Google search trends for "flat Earth" show interest surging since January 2016. His view differs from that of astronomer and author Stuart Clark, who told Business Insider UK earlier this year that he believes flat-Earthers are simply being amusing by saying that Earth is flat. There is a famous experiment that proves flat earth theory called as "Bedford Level Experiments" that was conducted many years ago and has since been conducted a number of times to prove that the Earth is a flat surface and not a round surface. "Who's ever seen a flat shadow?" He also said that some flat-Earthers believe the moon is round even though they think Earth is flat. In it, he spoke with comedian Chuck Nice about the overwhelming scientific evidence that our planet is spherical in shape.

Bodies that have a flatter shape have been compressed because they rotate extremely fast, which the Earth does not. The shadow cast by our planet is always round, he noted, but if Earth were flat then sometimes, the shadow cast on the moon would be flat. The fact that a ship disappears from the view at the horizon proves the earth is round.

He says the rise of flat earth theory indicates two things: the right to free speech, and America's "failed education system". The ability to think critically about evidence that's presented on various topics enables logic, and he believes that if today's students were taught to think logically, there wouldn't be so many people who still believe Earth is flat.

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