The South Pole (For The Benefit Of Tom Bishop)

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The South Pole (For The Benefit Of Tom Bishop)
« on: May 04, 2007, 02:09:12 PM »
Tom, you have raised in many threads the question of how do polar explorers know when they got to the South or North Pole when compasses are ineffective.  The answer is that the pole most frequently referred to as 'South' (and it's northern counterpart) is the geographic pole not the magnetic one, and as such is determined by the Earth's axis of rotation:

Quote from: Wikipedia
The Geographic South Pole is defined for most purposes as one of two points where the earth's axis of rotation intersects its surface (the other being the Geographic North Pole).

Observing the stars has always been a far more reliable way of navigation than compasses, and many long-distance sea voyages used this method for hundreds of years before GPS. This method of celestial navigation is only possible on an RE (only possible in the way it is actually done, if the world was indeed flat celestial navigation would be possible also, but the methods would be radically different due to the differing geometry of the heavens).

So there's your answer. If you are in a place where the stars overhead appear to rotate about a point directly above you, you are at one of the poles.
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Re: The South Pole (For The Benefit Of Tom Bishop)
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2007, 05:06:33 PM »
So then how does a FE'er explain this phenomenon when seen from the south pole? According to FE theory there is no south pole, so what causes this when standing on a southerly point?
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Re: The South Pole (For The Benefit Of Tom Bishop)
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2007, 08:24:16 PM »
Um... it's Skeptic, not sceptic.  Sceptic would be pronounced "septic."  Just FYI.

Re: The South Pole (For The Benefit Of Tom Bishop)
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007, 08:29:11 PM »
Maybe he did it like that on purpose. Stay on topic.