On August 21, the U.S. experienced a magnificent solar eclipse, generating barrage of discussions among both mainstream and alternative scientists about the extraordinary event.
For mainstream scientists, solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun, casting shadow on the Earth. This is said to be possible because the Earth is spherical, orbiting the Sun and the Moon revolving around the Earth.
But the solar eclipse proved alternative researchers, who believe the Earth is flat and not spherical, right. The Flat Earthers say the August 21 solar eclipse is the final prove that the Earth is indeed flat. According to them, there was something strange mainstream scientists refused to disclose to the public during the eclipse. Since scientists are refusing to tell the truth, Fat Earthers state they would reveal it.
First, Flat Earthers question that if the Earth is rotating from west to east, the shadow cast by the Moon should pass across Earth’s surface from east to west, just as the Sun moves across the sky. They believe this is very odd and needs clear explanation from the scientific community.
Below is a video put together by a flat Earth believer explaining why he thinks the eclipse proves the Earth is flat.
Apart from the video, Flat Earth believers also argue that if the Moon is indeed revolving around the Earth as mainstream scientists say, then the shadow the Moon casts on the Earth has to be bigger than the Moon itself.
A group of flat Earth believers tested this assumption by turning on a flash light and shining it at a quarter against the wall. From the experiment, if they moved the quarter closer or farther from the wall, the shadow was always bigger than the quarter itself.
The image below is a comparison of what the Flat Earthers were expecting to see, a massive shadow significantly larger than the Moon itself.
Other Flat Earthers also put up a video on YouTube punching holes in the incredible image NASA took after the eclipse. They claim that the image as a Computer Generated Image and that it was a “FAKE ECLIPSE”, adding that the agency is deceiving people.
The American rapper B.o.B, a Flat Earther, took to Twitter to share his skepticism about the solar eclipse. He sarcastically tweeted: “It’s so amazingly beautiful how the moon isn’t visible before and after a total solar eclipse #SolarEclipse17 #FknScienceBro… so when the moon finally scoots over, will i be able to see it ???”
— B.o.B (@bobatl) August 21, 2017
When asked what is causing the solar eclipse if it wasn’t the Moon, he just replied “Rahu”, referencing the mythological figures Rahu and Ketu used by the ancient Vedic culture to explain astronomical events.