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U2 Pilot Posts In-Flight Photos of Aurora Borealis

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  1. Jacob Potts

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    Very cool. Someone should show these to the flat earth rocketman. :)
     
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    Actually, most likely, he would consider photos taken by others that appear to show a curved Earth to be fake. It is to his great credit that he is taking the scientific approach. He is launching himself up high to gather data to support or oppose his thesis.
     
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    What great images!
     
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    I did not think the lights extended that far down into the atmosphere. Amazing shots.
     
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    He looks to be well below them in the pics

    Agree. Always a different perspective from the air. Even low level fireworks, which I guess you've seen a few ;) although not the kind I'm referring to.
     
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    Done.
    He did it last week... survived, went to about 1850 ft. He did it before, in the early 2000's also.
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wj7db9/flat-earth-rocket-mad-mike-hughes
     
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    Right, but I can drive to a park 20 minutes from here which has an overlook that's nearly that high (~1700 ft.) and sit there all day. No rocket required. :)

    I'll give him props for following through, though!
     
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    My house is at 5419'. Hard to see the curvature of the earth from here. Have seen it several times at 49,500', though.
     
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    I wonder if he has ever thought why he falls to earth after his excursions into "space".
     
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    No worries on that account, Bob! Both flat-earthers and round-earthers agree that gravity pulls you back down to earth! ;)
     
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    Yes, he is adventurous, and rigorous in his scientific approach!

    Round earthers and flat earthers have been looking off high mountains and promontories for a long time and they still argue about their theories! :)

    I am sure that his first flight does not satisfy him. He will make more, until he can get high enough to prove or disprove his theorem. This is great. This is real science.
     
  13. Tcar

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    This was his second rocket ride (see post #7 above)... he made it to 1300+ feet the first time.
    Click on the link there.
     
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    but unfortunately for Hughes his stunt contributes little to the flat earth ‘debate.’ To see the curvature of the Earth you need to reach an altitude of at least 35,000 feet, but this still requires a wide field of view.
     
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    That's good to know, thanks!

    I am glad Mr. Hughes is doing this: at least he is following the scientific method. I really do hope he gets high enough to get enough data to confirm or deny his thesis.

    It seems he is drawing from just his personal resources. This effort of his is worthy of public support, I wish he could get it.

    The debate about the shape of the Earth is ongoing and a lot larger than we knew: a recent survey has uncovered that one third of all millenials believe the Earth to be flat. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/04/05/millennials-flat-earth-survey/
     
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    The ancient mariners knew that there was a curvature in the earth when using their ship's glass (telescopes). They could see only the tops of the masts and sails of sailing vessels 15 miles or so in the distance. In fact, they had certain sail settings in the top mast to signal to other ships that they were on fire. A drop of a liquid in zero gravity turns into a sphere, like anything else with gravity. Where is the edge of this plate? When the sun sets what does it do, run along under the plate until it gets to the other edge in China? This argument is too stupid to waste time on.
     
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    A nit-pick from a ‘science guy’...scientists utilize peer data. The Flat-Earth Guy will not recognize decades of sound, scientific research that has been thoroughly peer-reviewed. He’s proceeding as a skeptic that doesn’t really understand much about science.

    The aurora is beautiful science...that I can appreciate. Oh...planes, too. Flat Guy...not so much.
     
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    If he wants to waste his money, fine. Just as long as he does not use any of folk's money when they know Earth is roughly spherical.
     
  19. u2driver

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    Sorry. Have been off the forums for a bit! He was on a routine mission we fly from Beale to move a jet to another place we go regularly. He knew the conditions and time of year were right to possibly get some great photos of the aurora so he loaded up all his camera equipment to hopefully capture what he saw. They turned out great! He also posted up his photos on the Facebook group he runs of the eclipse last year taken from the jet.
     
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    It is not a problem! We know Our Uncle: he can be erratic and has his own priorities!
    Thanks ever so much for the details!
     

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