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I'm curious about this, as my other half is away on a cruise to the Antarctic as I write.

She and her brother flew to Buenos Aires, then to Ushuaia (southern tip of Argentina), then took a boat south for almost two days, and is now doing things like kayaking with penguins, hiking, and camping under the midnight sun.  It's not actually sunny for 24 hours, since she isn't quite far enough south, but it is light all the time.

Her cruise ship is working its way along the Antarctic Peninsula. It, and other ships in the area, can be tracked at www.marinetraffic.com.

There was another cruise, more expensive, that went quite a bit further south, within the Antarctic Circle itself, where in midsummer there really is 24 hour daylight.

So is she lying to me?  Has the conspiracy lied to her about where she is?  Would the other cruise have been unbookable had she opted for it?

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Flat Earth Debate / So what are satellite TV dishes pointing at then?
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:11:19 AM »
Ok, so I was on the train the other day, and went past a long string of houses, many of which had satellite dishes.

They were all pointing slightly up, in the same direction.

If there's no such thing as a satellite, geostationary or otherwise, how do the FEs account for these?

I mean, if they were all pointing at a tall transmitter aerial, it would be obviously visible, wouldn't it?  And if 'satellite' TV was really being transmitted by a terrestrial ground station, why are satellite aerials a completely different shape than ordinary roof mounted TV aerials (which, of course, don't point up at all)?

Geostationary satellites, and parabolic receivers, of course, account for this difference perfectly.

No doubt the FEs have a convincing alternative explanation, which I await with great interest.

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Flat Earth Debate / Transit of Mercury
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:50:37 AM »
So, Flat Earthers.

There's a transit of Mercury today.  If you have a telescope and can project an image of the sun on to a screen, you can watch it for yourself.

Its timing and duration has been predicted to great accuracy using standard astronomical models of our heliocentric solar system.

How do you lot explain that, I wonder?

How also do you explain the live satellite streaming of the transit both from Nasa and the European Space Agency.  Images from which obviously correspond exactly with the images that are available from various places on the ground that have clear sight of the sun today.

It's a bit much to expect that all the terrestrial observers are faking their images and reports, don't you think?


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Flat Earth Q&A / Sun as spotlight
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:46:59 AM »
Hello all.  I'm a REer, somewhat boggled and bewildered with the traction that FEers seem to be getting on YouTube this last year.  I have read enough, I think, to feel at least moderately conversant with FE thinking.

I am interested in the accusation that I've heard levelled at you on numerous occasions, namely that you don't honestly address questions presented to you if they have no apparent answer within FET.

I am genuinely curious as to how you come to believe what you do, and I would be grateful if you would answer a few questions for me.  I will ask them one at a time, if I may, rather than present a long shopping list.

First of all, the sun.  How is it a spotlight, that shines down on only part of the flat disc, if it appears round from wherever it is observed?

 

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