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**Flat Earth Q&A / Re: Reasons behind the RE theory**

« **on:**March 07, 2009, 05:50:52 PM »

OK, let's try this. I have a pair of sticks... no wait. I might push one a little too deep... wait.

Explain exactly how I'm going to... Never mind. The sticks can be on any length, as long as the part exterior to the ground is the same. Great. So, I have two sticks, we'll say they're exactly 24 inches high.

Now, what formula will prove the round shape of the earth, given that they are 100 yards apart on the football field?

Hmmm... Well, I may not be the best here at Trig, and I really don't know the specifics of the experiment, but I'll give it a try.

I believe that the formula would be tan-1(24/length of the shadow) would give you the angle to the Sun. Then some more simple trig should give you the distance to the Sun.

This is assuming that the length of the shadow has been measured exactly to many decimal places, no variances in the ground (perfectly, perfectly flat), that the sticks have been placed exactly perpendicular to the ground, that the length of the shadow was measured at exactly the same time, etc. In other words, both sides will perform the experiment (or, more likely, not), and both sides will claim victory.