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Curvature of the Earth

The curvature of the Earth

Curvature of the Earth

In January 2017, students from the University of Leicester successfully built an unmanned weather balloon which they launched into the stratosphere. Ascending 23.6 kilometres into the air (nearly twice the altitude of a cruising Boeing 747), it endured temperatures of -56 degrees Celsius. Impressive, certainly, but why was the project undertaken?

As well as the photo and video equipment that took the stunning images, onboard the balloon was some state of the art tech. Electronic control systems were included that successfully navigated and controlled the balloon as it returned to Earth in perfect condition. The venture acted as a test for future flights that will measure pollution levels in the atmosphere. If climate change and rising pollution levels are to be battled effectively, its small yet significant projects like this that will help pave the way.




  • Yup 93,000,000 mile sun. Sure it is.

  • Johnny Conger

    Nice curve created with the fish eye lens…you can double that curve if earth was a ball….LOL…

    • Harry Dawson

      I HAVE to suppose English is NOT your first language or possibly you never graduated from grade school or – but I digress . . .
      The small picture above was CORRECTED – you know ALTERED – with a fish eye lens to APPEAR flat.

      The original picture SHOWED the curvature – WITHOUT the fish-eye lens.

      Please attempt to get an education and actually READ what a sentence sates PLAINLY.

      • Poncheezy Cottoy

        I’m sorry but im sure everyone can see that the rope dangling on the side was clearly a victim of the go pro effect lmao.. Unless of course the earth causes ropes to curve like it does water. But you’re not fooling anyone here.. You can’t stop the awakening, Its been a long time coming.

        • Ante Matovinovic

          True that

      • Ante Matovinovic

        Harry, what can you say now

  • Micah Sewell

    It must look really flat without that fish eye lens

    • isome

      If the earth is flat, what regions are on the edges?

      If the earth is flat, why is it daylight in some places and night in other places? If it were flat it would be daylight in every country at the same time.

      • Micah Sewell

        watch this mp4/gif. about five seconds long. It will answer those questions for you. In short, Antarctica is a circle around the earth. North is the center of the map. The Sun moves around the circle West to East just like we all observe. It’s a simple perspective change. Nothing else changes. North always goes to the North Pole. South always goes South and ends up in Antarctica.

        • CFJ

          That gif doesn’t explain the changing of the seasons on the Northern hemisphere vs the Southern. It also doesn’t explain how solar eclipses, as well as the phases of the moon would work. That FE model doesn’t work.

          • Micah Sewell

            of course it doesn’t explain those things. It explains the things you asked about. Don’t move the goal posts. That gif was an over simplified explanation of day and night. If you are interested in those other questions spend an hour googling it. The flat earth community has done a lot of work explaining theories for each of those.

      • Mark Denson

        You can talk until you’re blue in the face and these believers of flat earth will never ever believe you. You just can’t talk the stupid out of stupid.

        So to all you flat earth people out there, your telling me that you actually believe that 3000 years ago, when they built the pyramids, they had the sun on a gondola?
        Or maybe the earth was round then, huh? And were being deceived by a master alien race as well, right?
        Are the lot of you suffering from massive amounts of head trauma?

  • Follow the Sun

    Fake bullshit.

  • Follow the Sun
    • Poncheezy Cottoy

      thank you for that sir! i cant believe they had the balls to try that. even i could see that wa go pro lmao

      • Floyd Marston

        Can’t believe you posted a photo of Earth as a wavy line.

      • Floyd Marston

        The Sun is also not a perfect sphere, it’s more oval, also, your so called correction has left the sunlight streak bent! Typical FE tactics. LIE, LIE and LIE some more. Correct those major errors, and guess what? You get Curve.

    • The flat earth “correction” is fake. Note the rope isn’t really straight. Here is what it looks like with the barrel distortion removed. Rope is straight, earth is round.

  • Curtis Howard
  • truthfrequency

    Is this article a joke or does the author really not know how cameras work? You can’t see curvature from 23 km. According to Neil Degrass Tyson, you have to be at least 250,000 miles away from earth to detect even a 5% curve.

    • jgbreezer

      You mean 250,000 metres maybe.. 250,000 miles is about as far away as the moon is, and I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of Earth as a small globe from the moon (we’re only 13000km diameter or so).

      • truthfrequency

        250 miles. Thanks for the correction 🙂

  • Zongongo

    I see the curvature of the rope too, oops

    • Ante Matovinovic

      What can you say to this, we have to open minded to all of this

  • Naud van Dalen

    Why are there so many flat earthers here?!

    • They’re retarded, i’ve slayed every single one that tries to flex on my page. I’ve even put out REAL money challenges and they end up blocking me. Damn basement dwellers they are lol

      • bruce martin

        Marlonluna, my 22 year old son, who once seemed incredibly intelligent has now become one of those “retards” who are embracing this ridiculous notion of flat earth as well as believing that no one has actually been in space and a million other conspiracy theories. It is like losing the ones you love to a cult!!! What us even worse, they are using God’s word to make their case. We are Christians and it seems crazy how people have twisted and turned and taken out if context the bible to prove their theories of a flat earth and universe. You say that you can prove it wrong. How can I point my son towards you to dispel his ludicrous theories?

  • Chandan Batra

    why is the rope curved? can you share the design of the baloon which went to this height please. and correction is not real if the original picture is real. For precise correction one has to go without a fish eye lens camera and then click the pic.

    • The answer is, any lens with even a little negative magnification (wide angle) will have some barrel distortion. All wide angle lenses do this. But think, if they were going to photoshop the world to look curved, wouldn’t they have removed the rope? This is just what it looks like, a slightly wide angle lens (to capture more) which slightly bends the straight rope. I took this image into Photoshop and corrected for the barrel distortion. The rope is straight, and the horizon is still very curved. (The supposedly “corrected” image showing the earth with a flat horizon was faked by a troll.)

  • Daniel Pike

    this is a legit picture.. proven by the bend of the rope as it should be bending the other way if it was a true distortion of the fish eye lens.. here is the video of it.