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Ships emerge on the horizon

Ships at sea appear to rise up from the waves on the horizon due to the curvature of the Earth.

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The Argument

As a ship moves away from an observer, the hull disappears first, then the main structure, and lastly the antennas or sails. If the Earth were flat, the ship would shrink until the entire craft was too small to discern. A globe Earth explains this observation perfectly.

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The hull disappears first because its angular size reaches the limit of the human eye before any other part of the ship.

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This page was last edited on Monday, 3 Jun 2019 at 18:30 UTC