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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.

          • Don’t move the goal posts, Sewell. “Spend an hour googling” means you don’t have those answers, because they do not exist. All you have is that silly GIF, no actual calculations or measurements. A GIF of the globe can explain eclipses, phases of the moon, stars disappearing under the horizon. Why can’t yours? With your spinning sun model, you could see the back of the moon, and even a child knows that is not possible. Your GIF is a hoax.

      • 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?

        • Tasha

          LOL! My thoughts exactly!

  • 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.

        • Tasha

          LMAO! I was just going to write the same thing. Too funny!

      • 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.

      • Tasha

        Good eye! I noticed that too!

      • Clint M

        ASll u have to do is go to you tube and look up ANY high altitude baloon test. .. all show the SAME THING 125,000 feet up FISH EYE LENS just watch it bend yourself –

    • Clint M

      CORRECT my trend – these people are raised in school and indoctrinated. Would the GOV lie to us??? HMMMmmmm Think about that one.- SCIENCE— Water always flattens itself out- it doesnt stay bend.EVER u cannot replicate it evem- Stars either repeat or the Pulsar stays in the same place… but they say we are all going thru the universe they would NEVER be the same over time. . . NEVER . . . thats just LOGICS to me. ..

  • 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?

        • I genuinely feel for you, Bruce. If a member of my family was a flerf, it would break my heart. The problem is, you can’t practice an anti-science religion, and then be surprised when your child abandons science. Christians take commonly antiscience positions against evolution, human-induced climate change, vaccines, stem cell research and anything else that contradicts their scrolls from the Bronze age. My biggest problem with religion is that it teaches people to believe things that provably do not exist. How much different is the flat earth from a world-wide flood? There is a mountain of science to disprove both.

  • 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.

  • Clint M

    Well actually those ballons are 125,000 feet up at least and they use a fish eye lens on a go pro . .. sorry thats a fact :