« on: February 01, 2017, 02:09:56 AM »
An excerpt from the Wiki:
To locate your latitude on the flat earth, it's important to know the following fact: The degrees of the earth's latitude are based upon the angle of the sun in the sky at noon equinox.
That's why 0° N/S sits on the equator where the sun is directly overhead, and why 90° N/S sits at the poles where the sun is at a right angle to the observer. At 45 North or South from the equator, the sun will sit at an angle 45° in the sky. The angle of the sun past zenith is our latitude.
Knowing that as you recede North or South from the equator at equinox, the sun will descend at a pace of one degree per 69.5 miles, we can even derive our distance from the equator based upon the position of the sun in the sky."
Have any of those who subscribe to the FE theory tested this? I did yesterday. I'm at North 44* 05'. The sun at its high point was 28 degrees elevation (62* from zenith) using the inclinometer on my Brunton compass. Using the spherical earth theory and considering the earth's axis tilt (solar declination) I calculated 44* 12'. This was using the formula that has been used for centuries. That's pretty close to my GPS and map position. The flat earth formula described above put me at 62* North which is clearly incorrect.
What is the explanation?