The Importance of Perspective In Understanding the Flat Earth Model, part 14
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 above diagram is a copy of one by a fellow-worker in the cause of truth, who is no “at the front” in his capacity of electrical engineer. He says: –
“ According to the globular theory, a lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are in a direct line ; but it is on record that since about the fifteenth century over fifty eclipses have occurred while both sun and moon have been visible above the horizon. The accompanying illustration shews how utterly impossible it is to harmonise this fact with the globularist theory. ” — The Terrestrial Plane , by F. H. Cook, E.E.
“ A remarkable instance of this kind was observed at Paris on the 19th July, 1750, when the moon appeared visibly eclipsed while the sun was distinctly to be seen above
the horizon.”— Astronomy, p. 105, by Prof. G. G. Carey.
Two other instances are given in McCulloch’s Geography, dates September 20th, 1717 and April 20th, 1837. And the London Almanac for 1864 gives four other dates. Sometimes an ill-informed globite denies the possibility of such eclipses, thus tacitly acknowledging that they are inconsistent with the globular theory ; then when he is convicted by accredited astronomical testimony he suddenly turns round and as ignorantly shouts “ Refraction !”
Let any intelligent astronomer attempt to shew HOW refraction can reflect upwards ” two great lights ” with full clear discs, when according to his theory the centres of both lights should be 90° below the horizon, to say nothing of their lower limbs. Yet here we have the two orbs occasionally coming and smiling down upon us for our folly ! I believe that all lunar eclipses, occurring about sunset, would be seen to be “ horizontal eclipses ” by observers, if they were only in suitable positions.
Others object that “ the earth’s shadow on the moon is always round ” ! We need not pursue the enemy down to every dirty shell-hole into which he rushes for cover; suffice to note that here are three more assumptions— (i) the earth’s shadow, which we have fully exploded ; (2) that it is always “ round and (3) that only a globe can give a curved shadow on a sphere ! Go by night into a room with only one light, and take a flat ruler and an orange or a larger ball, and you will find that a fiat piece of wood can cast a curved shadow on the ball.
Astronomers confess that there are many dark bodies in the heavens, some of which could doubtless cause an eclipse ; though we do not here assert that they do. Read Jude 13.
As there is a focus of light, so there is a definite focal point of darkness opposite ; and when the moon, which has a “ lesser light ” of her own, gets inside this dark focus, her rays, and her influence, is seriously interfered with— a fact well known to astrologers. Her light is not entirely cut off, as we have seen the whole of the moon’s face a dark copper colour, at the moment of the totality of the eclipse, the moon having a peculiar light of her own, very different from the sun-light.
(Deut. xxxiii. 14, and I. Cor. xv. 41).
Eclipses were predicted hundreds of years before the Copernican theory was invented, to say nothing of the later “ New Astronomy.” Thales, about 600 years before Christ ; and the great astrologer Ptolemy predicted eclipses hundreds of years in advance ; and zetetics, who possess past tables of eclipses, can predict others, for they occur in cycles, or periods, of 18 y l o j d, and have nothing to do with the globular theory. In fact they could not be calculated on the latest globite speculations, as the following illustration will shew those who are willing to see.
Let a taxi drive round a large square ; as it spins along,let a horseman ride his Pegasus round and round the taxi ; and suppose a swallow squealing and circling round the Pegasus ; when and where would these three bodies, representing sun, earth, and moon, fall into one with the principal avenue of the square ? Who would calculate “ this problem” ; especially if they did not know either the size of the square or the velocities of the moving bodies ? No eclipse could last out half its present duration. Yet eclipses, with their magnitudes and durations, are still calmly tabulated ; and
ill-informed globites imagine that this is “ another proof ” of the truth of modern astronomical theories!