Question: How Do Day/Night Cycles and Seasons Work On A Flat Earth?

Answer

https://wiki.tfes.org/images/thumb/7/70/SunAnimation.gif/300px-SunAnimation.gif
 
The above gif illustrates the day/night cycles of the sun. The sun, moon, stars, and planetary bodies are all much smaller and much closer to the surface of the earth. Unlike the earth, they are spherical. The sun does not emit light equally in all directions, but acts more like a spot light as seen above. This is due to an effect I call Variable Luminosity: the sun does not necessarily consist of super heated gases (we wont know for sure until real space travel happens), and only certain portions of its spherical face actively emit light. Locked in a circular orbit above the surface of the earth, the downward facing portion of the sun’s sphere actively produces light creating its characteristic “spotlight” effect. “But Why Cant We See The Sun At All Times If What You Claim Is True? At Best Earth Would Only Experience Perpetual Twilight. We Can See The Sun Set On The Horizon!” A question I see a lot, this objection forgets an important fact already mentioned: the sun is much smaller and much closer to the Earth’s surface. As it moves over the disk of the Earth it recedes from view, much like if you watched a receding car vanish into a horizon like this one:
Can you see the light of a flashlight being directed at you from 20 miles away? Of course not: perspective and atmospheric density combine to obscure its light from view. The same principles are at work when the sun recedes from view, appearing to “set” on the horizon.
“Ok, So What About The Seasons?”
 
The model for Earth’s seasonality is actually quite elegant. Keeping in mind the above gif as an example of the sun’s daily motion, consider this illustration:
https://wiki.tfes.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions
As this image shows, the seasons are caused by an annual expansion and contraction of the sun’s orbit above the disk of the earth. During summer in the northern hemisphere (I use the word “hemisphere” merely for clarity’s sake) the suns orbit is at its most contracted point. The gradual transition from summer to winter in the north corresponds to the sun’s steady, outward orbital expansion. Once the sun’s orbit it at its widest, the southern hemisphere experiences summer. This makes more sense than an axial “tilt” taking place on a spherical earth: such a change would necessarily cause noticeable physical effects such as a directional change in the flow of rivers. This is not the case. Explaining the seasons using the Flat Earth model represents a more coherent synthesis of empirically demonstrable phenomena…

7 thoughts on “Question: How Do Day/Night Cycles and Seasons Work On A Flat Earth?

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      • Probably with observation and an open mind+mathematics. Also such a model does not work as you are not recognising scale and the suns ability to give light. Also how does a sun just randomly widen its obit you a taking a lot for assumption. Also an Axial tilt would not cause noticeable physical changes due to gravity/momentum. And because the sun is so small (your model) , in ‘winter’ the center of the earth would be extremely hot whereas teh sides would be ice cold. THIS is wrong. Australia has quite high temperature winters and the usa has some very cold winters

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  3. Probably with observation and an open mind+mathematics. Also such a model does not work as you are not recognising scale and the suns ability to give light. Also how does a sun just randomly widen its obit you a taking a lot for assumption. Also an Axial tilt would not cause noticeable physical changes due to gravity/momentum. And because the sun is so small (your model) , in ‘winter’ the center of the earth would be extremely hot whereas teh sides would be ice cold. THIS is wrong. Australia has quite high temperature winters and the usa has some very cold winters

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  4. Ok, assuming the above animated GIF is valid and that earth is flat, how does this model account for distance between two large international airports: São Paulo (South America) and Johannesburg (Africa).

    The flight time is about 11 hours. This is about the same as Los Angeles to Paris. This information can be easily verified.

    Yet, if you were to use your Flat Earth model, the distance between Los Angeles to Paris is significantly less than the Sao Paulo to johannesburg.

    How do you account for this? Is there time compression when you get closer to the edge of Flat Earth?

    And if one was to stand along the outside ring of Flat Earth, commonly known as the South Pole, could one step off and fall or would it be like Pac Man and be warped to the other side?

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