Somebody sent me some links to videos on YouTube where they say the 2017 solar eclipse proves the Earth is flat because the shadow moves from West to East. No, it’s just proves they’re retards and the Earth is a sphere. “I don’t understand how it works…the Earth must be flat”. Complete laziness and ignorance. I’m not going to write lengthy articles and hold people’s hands trying to explain very simple concepts. Here’s a few tips to get you started. Get away from moron YouTube channels for three minutes and actually think a bit and go to a different website once in awhile, other than the “everything is fake” horseshit conspiratainment alternative tabloid disinformation sites and channels. Turn the computer off, remove your body from the chair in front of your computer and go outside and make some real world observations and get some fresh air. I get annoyed with this because A: I get dumb emails from people when something is so easily understood. B: People are lazy, the catch all phrase now if somebody can’t understand basic science is..”well, has to fake”..or…maybe it’s your laziness and ignorance. Really guys and gals this is not hard stuff to understand…~TS
The Moon orbits Earth in the prograde direction and completes one revolution relative to the stars in approximately 27.323 days (a sidereal month). Earth and the Moon orbit about their barycentre (common center of mass), which lies about 4,600 km (2,900 mi) from Earth’s center (about 3/4 of the radius of Earth). On average, the Moon is at a distance of about 385,000 km (239,000 mi) from Earth’s centre, which corresponds to about 60 Earth radii. With a mean orbital velocity of 1.022 km/s (2,290 mph), the Moon appears to move relative to the stars each hour by an amount roughly equal to its angular diameter, or by about half a degree. The Moon differs from most satellites of other planets in that its orbit is close to the plane of the ecliptic, and not to Earth’s equatorial plane. The plane of the lunar orbit is inclined to the ecliptic by about 5°, whereas the Moon’s equatorial plane is inclined by only 1.5° to the ecliptic.
From 2017 Eclipse:
Why does the eclipse go from West to East?
The Sun and Moon both appear to “rise” in the east, and “set” in the west. But as you can see in our video of the Moon’s shadow sweeping across the USA, you see that the shadow plainly travels from west to east across the country!
This is a very good question, because it shows how Solar eclipses take us out of our normal experience. We are all used to seeing the Sun and Moon rise in the east and set in the west. But if you were situated HIGH above the north pole, the Moon would appear to move counterclockwise (i.e., from your right to left) in its orbit around the Earth. And it is THAT motion of the Moon moving in its orbit, dragging its shadow along behind it, that causes the eclipse path on Earth to move from west to east.
As you watch the total eclipse (you ARE in the path, right?!) you will see the “bite” that the Moon takes out of the Sun start on the “right” side of the Sun’s disk, then slowly grow as the Moon apparently moves across the face of the Sun – from right to left. Since you are looking up at the Sun (with your eclipse glasses on) while facing South, then West is to your right. So as the Moon itself moves from right to left, its shadow also goes from west to east.
NASA has just come out with an eclipse animation that shows this PERFECTLY!
You’re watching the Moon move IN ITS ORBIT, and not as a result of the Earth’s rotation. And that’s pretty cool!
I’m posting simple videos for people to watch. Oh look the Earth is rotating in the correct direction in the NASA video. Not in the wrong direction as I saw in a clip somebody created and said it was from NASA. Somebody purposely created a clip showing the Earth rotating in the wrong direction and said it was from NASA? My goodness. Let me say, I couldn’t care less about NASA, and I also couldn’t care less about random people pumping out bullshit on their YouTube channels.