The organizers of an annual conference bringing together people who think the Earth is flat plan a cruise to the edge of the so-called planet. They are looking for the wall of ice that holds back the oceans.
The trip will take place in 2020, recently announced the Earth Earth International Conference (FEIC) on its website. The goal? To test what the so-called earthling assertion is flat, the Earth is a flattened disk surrounded on board by an imposing wall of ice.
The details of the event, including the dates, are coming, according to the FEIC, which qualifies the cruise as "the biggest and most daring adventure to date". However, it should be noted that nautical charts and navigation technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) operate as they do because the Earth is … a globe. [7 Ways to Prove the Earth Is Round]
Believers of a flat Earth claim that the images showing a curved horizon are false and that photos of a round Earth of space are part of a vast conspiracy perpetrated by NASA and other space agencies to hide the flatness of the Earth. These claims, along with other claims about the flat earth, can be found on the Flat Earth Society (FES) website, which is believed to be the oldest official organization in the world, the Flat Earth, which dates back to the early 19th century. .
However, the ancient Greeks demonstrated that the Earth was a sphere more than 2,000 years ago and that the gravity that prevents anything on the planet from flying in space could only exist in one world. spherical.
But in the diagrams presented on the FES website, the planet appears as a crepe-like disc with the North Pole in the center and an edge "surrounded on all sides by a wall of ice that holds the oceans". This wall of ice – considered by some earthly landlubbers as Antarctic – is the destination of the promised cruise of FEIC.
Henk Keijer, a former cruise ship captain with 23 years of experience, told the Guardian Henk Keijer: Maps and navigation systems guiding cruise ships and other ships around the Earth's oceans are all based on the principle of a round earth.
GPS relies on a network of dozens of satellites orbiting thousands of kilometers above the Earth. Satellite signals are sent back to the receiver inside a GPS unit and at least three satellites are needed to locate an accurate position due to the curvature of the Earth, Keijer explained.
"If the Earth had been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth," Keijer said. "But it's not enough because the Earth is round."
It remains to be seen whether the FEIC campaign will rely on GPS or deploy a brand new navigation system on the flat Earth to find the end of the world.
Originally published on Science live.