Get ready Rollo – Total Solar Eclipse

A big day for those questioning the earth’s shape? Eclipses are a sticky point, and make for some interesting conversations on how they work on either model.

The total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Indonesia including Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi, and from locations in the Pacific Ocean.Observers in northern and eastern Australia, in South Asia, and in East Asia will be able to see a partial eclipse.The eclipse will begin at 23:19 UTC on March 8, 2016, and its maximum point will take place at 01:59 UTC on March 9, 2016. Totality will last for 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

Source: March 8, 2016 – March 9, 2016 — Total Solar Eclipse

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It all rests on authority

Even Eric Blair (George Orwell) couldn’t prove that the world is round.

Most people, if asked to prove that the earth is round, would not even bother to produce the rather weak arguments I have outlined above.  They would start off by saying that ‘everyone knows’ the earth to be round, and if pressed further, would become angry.  In a way Shaw is right.  This is a credulous age, and the burden of knowledge which we now have to carry is partly responsible.

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