Does Polaris disappear from sight 105 miles South of Equator?
Astrophysicist Neil Tyson tweeted out last year to rapper B.O.B. that Polaris is "gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude." One degree of the earth's circumference is approximately 70 miles, so 1.5 degrees equals about 105 miles. Some Flat Earth Theorists claim Polaris can be seen from as far South as the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees, that's ~1,645 miles below the equator. This is a huge discrepancy! If this be the case, the tweet below from Tyson's twitter account stands to be debunked...
But until I see conclusive proof of an image of Polaris from 1.5 deg S. Latitude (105 miles below equator) or lower, I have no evidence to prove Tyson's claim is inaccurate. Further more, the disappearance of Polaris from a particular degree of Southern Latitude doesn't guarantee a globe or flat model anyway, as either can account for the effect. With that said, timestamped video footage of Polaris at or below 1.5 deg S. Latitude would debunk the world's leading astrophysicist claim that the earth's curve occludes Polaris from view at that point on the map.
To make it transparent I'd recommend including in the video of Polaris a geo-tagged Lat/Long reading from a phone that gets powered up on camera, and then calculates.
Any of the people living in the following cities, beginning at 2 degrees S. Latitude or more, are in a perfect latitudinal position to possibly debunk Mr. Tyson's claim:
A couple Indonesian cities are on the list, maybe we can get some love from the country that Googles "Flat Earth" The Most.
Generally speaking, anything from Ecuador or lower in South America, anything in Sub-Saharan Africa, and anything in Indonesia or lower would all flip the trick.
Consider this my first Flat Earth Challenge, I eagerly await someone lower than 1.5 S. Latitude to show me proof of ability to see Polaris.
Comments have been left open for this post, pending approval, and only in relation to the subject matter covered herein.
FREE DOWNLOAD ON FRANKAMERICA.COM