Professor Brian Cox Brands Flat Earthers As "Idiots"
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We all know Professor Brian Cox has quite a head on his shoulders but you don't need to be a mega mind to comprehend the overwhelming evidence around us that the planet we live on is a sphere. Yet worryingly there is a growing number of people coming out in favour of the Earth being flat.
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- The Earth's shadow on the surface of the moon is round during lunar eclipse.
- We can observe ships going over the horizon.
- Star constellations look different from different points on Earth.
- You can see further into the distance the higher you get.
- We can observe how a spherical Earth gives us day and night.
- We can observe how our tilted angle relative to the sun gives us seasons.
- You can't see China from the west coast of the US no matter how good a telescope you have.
- Yet we can use telescopes to see other planets which are round.
- We've circumnavigated Earth.
- We've seen Earth from space and it's round.
Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos
We dare to imagine a time before the Big Bang, when the entire Universe was compressed into a space smaller than an atom. And now, as Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw show, we can do more than imagine: we can understand. Over the centuries, the human urge to discover has unlocked an incredible amount of knowledge. What it reveals to us is breathtaking.
Universal takes us on an epic journey of scientific exploration and, in doing so, reveals how we can all understand some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun, Solar System and the star-filled galaxies beyond. Some of these questions - How big is our solar system? How fast is space expanding? - can be answered from your back garden; the answers to others - How big is the Universe? What is it made of? - draw on the astonishing information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at the frontiers of the known universe.
At the heart of all these questions - from the earliest attempts to quantify gravity, to our efforts to understand what dark matter is and what really happened at the birth of our universe - is the scientific process. Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our Universe; and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches out into the unknown. What's more, as Universal shows us, if we dare to imagine, we can all do it.
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