Polaris Height Perspective Explained (No math required)

Cassi O

Active Member
The bottle caps photo below was shared with me, by someone who believes the earth is flat and that polars appears closer to the horizon with distance due to perspective. I was able to illustrate that perspective did not explain observations made in the real world, by overlaying a protractor on his image.

Both flat earth and globe models have Polaris directly above the North Pole. For both the Gleason "flat earth" map, and the globe, 45° latitude, where Polaris is 45° above the horizon, is half way between the North Pole and equator.

If the first bottle is placed so its cap is 45° above the table, representing Polaris at 45° latitude, then a second bottle placed twice as far as the first, represents Polaris at the equator. Clearly the cap on the second bottle isn't anywhere close to 0°, as observed in the real world from the equator.

[GALLERY=media, 146]BottlecapsProtractor by Cassi O posted Dec 20, 2019 at 9:26 PM[/GALLERY]


Looks like the old version gallery image no longer appeared, so I've uploaded it again.