The Importance of Perspective In Understanding the Flat Earth Model, part 10
From the booklet: The Sea-Earth Globe and its Monstrous Hypothetical Motions: or Modern Theoretical Astronomy
Note: Punctuation and grammar is as in the original.
THE SUN’S DISTANCE AND FOCUSSED IMAGE
In studying this part of the subject, we must distinguish between the focused Image of the sun, as sometimes seen refracted through the clouds, and that orb’s position as seen at non in a clear sky when there can be but little refraction Fig. 21 is a copy of a drawing I took years ago in Lat. 52 ° 38′ N. and Long. 1° 9′ W., when the sun’s rays were divided at an angle of about 90° . on one side they fell on a church, and on the other on a tree four miles away from the church.
The focussed Image, therefore, would be only about two miles high, a distane equal to C B, the base of a right-angled triangle.
Had anyone ascended in a balloon, the focus of the light would have receded upwards, as a rainbow recedes when an observer tried to approach it, the height of the bow depending upon the observer’s position and that of the sun. in judging the sun’s true distance we need a clear sky when the sun is on the meridian at noon.
Taking official figures, we find the latitude of the French Bordeaux (edge of the water) given as 45° N.; that is 2,700 miles north of the equator at a point in the same longitude, reckoning 60 miles to one degree. Now let us refer to the left half of Fig. 21.
At the time of the equinoxes, March 21 and September 24, the sun is directly over the equator in the longitude of Bordeaux at noon ©. thus we then obtain the right-angled triangle B C S, the sun’s vertical rays falling upon the point C, and making with the line CB (already proved to be level) the right-angle B C S.
Looking from Brodeaux towards the sun at mid-day we look along the line B S, making an angle of 45° with the base B C. now in every triangle the three angles are together equal to two right angles; hence the remaining angle B S C contains 45° , and is equal to the angle at B.
But as Euclid proves, when two angles of a triangle are equal, the sides subtending, or opposite them, are also equal; hence the base B C is equal to the perpendicular C S. In other words, the height of the sun above the flat earth is equal to the distance of Bordeaux from the equator in Africa, probably less, but certainly not more than, about 2,700 miles! Q.E.D.