FLAT Earth believers were left puzzled after NASA astronaut Bob Behnken shared a photo of Earth from space.
The NASA astronaut is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) where has front row seats to the best view in the universe. On Wednesday, July 8, Mr Behnken shared on Twitter a photo of our planet as seen from 250 miles up in space. Although the beautiful image was met with praise, some Flat Earth believers branded it a forgery.
The photo, one of the thousands taken by ISS astronauts over the years, shows Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas surrounded by azure waters.
In the top-right corner of the photo, you can see a fragment of the space station.
However, not everyone was convinced as one person responded: “Not round. Flat. CGI. Green screens.”
Another person said: “Isn’t the earth flat tho?”
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A third person tweeted: “Hahaha love how you have to exemplify the round part lol cause you know the secret I guess.”
And a fourth person said “I still believe the earth is flat… Haha.”
Other suggested the photo could be fake and some questioned the astronaut’s choice of the word “round” in his tweet.
However, the vast majority of people who responded to the original tweet came out in support of Mr Benhken.
Many people asked for snapshots of their countries while others ridiculed the idea of Earth being flat.
One person said: “The water is just soooo blue. Just a tad jealous of you up there right now haha.”
A second person said: “Definitely not flat!!! What a stunning photo!”
Unfortunately for the Flat Earth truthers, astronomers and mathematicians have known the Earth is round for more than 2,000 years now.
One of the first people believed to figure out Earth’s shape is the Libyan-Greek astronomer Eratosthenes.
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More than 2,000 years ago, Eratosthenes placed a stick in the ground at Alexandria and one to the south in Syene.
He then observed the shadow cast by the stick on the day of the summer solstice at Alexandria.
At the same time, the stick in Syene did not cast a shadow.
Eratosthenes determined the Earth must be round in order to explain the phenomenon.
Astrophysicist Carl Sagan explained the simple experiment during his famous TV series Cosmos.
He said: “Eratosthenes had the presence of mind to experiment, to actually ask whether back here near Alexandria, a stick cast a shadow near noon on June 21. And it turns out, sticks do.
“An overly sceptical person might have said that the report from Syene was an error.
“But it’s an absolutely straightforward observation.
“Why would anyone lie on such a trivial matter?”