Hi all. Joined this site as of yesterday and am in process of reading the Wiki as well as the FAQ's. Looking forwards to some good debate.

For the Seasonal Daylight Patterns section, I did want to challenge the following model accuracy statement: "where wide extents of the Earth receive daylight when the Sun moves to the South, can be explained with a magnifying dome model where the light creates broad shapes at different positions."

1. per YouTube video, using a solid magnifying glass dome to simulate our Earth's atmosphere: our Earth's atmosphere is not 'solid' glass and so the model setup is inaccurate. The above statement is misleading. 

2. per same YouTube video, the scale of the simulated Sun(light) shining upon the model: the spotlight diameter of the simulated local Sun being used in the model setup is much larger in size or scale than should be represented with a claimed local Sun that is only about 30 miles in diameter to the flat earth plane.

Would be curious to get either the authors take or a flat earthers take on this model setup.

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Quote from: mahogany
our Earth's atmosphere is not 'solid' glass and so the model setup is inaccurate.

You're right. The number of accumulated atoms between the Sun and the observer are probably greater than the number of atoms between points in the glass of a magnifying dome.

Quote from: mahogany
our Earth's atmosphere is not 'solid' glass and so the model setup is inaccurate.

You're right. The number of accumulated atoms between the Sun and the observer are probably greater than the number of atoms between points in the glass of a magnifying dome.


Thanks. Yes, there would also be a significant difference in the refraction properties of our actual atmosphere vs. 'solid' glass.

What's your take on the second model setup point regarding the scale of Sun being used to simulate a local spotlight?

Given the inaccuracy of representing our atmosphere with a solid glass magnifying dome, would be curious to get others thoughts on an explanation(s) for how 24 hours sunlight in Antarctica could occur during the summer solstice months on a flat earth model with Antarctica represented as a circular outer "ring".

If we remove the inaccurate solid glass dome model than what other models could possibly explain Seasonal Daylight Patterns / 24 hours daylight occurring?