Exploring Gravity on a Flat Earth: Myths and Realities

Gravity: Conventional Understanding
Gravity: Conventional Understanding
Gravity, as we know it, pulls towards a mass's center, creating a spherical planet. This force is why Earth is round, not flat, with consistent gravitational pull experienced everywhere on its surface.
Flat Earth Gravity Theory
Flat Earth Gravity Theory
Flat Earth proponents suggest gravity would pull straight down. This model implies a disc-shaped planet with gravity acting perpendicular to the surface, not towards a central point.
Gravitational Forces on Disc
Gravitational Forces on Disc
If Earth were flat, traditional physics suggests objects would experience stronger gravity towards the disc's center and weaker gravity approaching the edges, leading to a potential slide towards the middle.
Edge Acceleration Phenomenon
Edge Acceleration Phenomenon
On a flat Earth, centrifugal forces from the planet's rotation could counteract gravity near the edges. This might create an illusion of a 'wall' of gravity preventing objects from falling off.
Implications for Sea Level
Implications for Sea Level
Sea level would be inconsistent on a flat Earth, higher at the edges due to gravitational pull variation. Oceans would likely be drawn towards the center, potentially leaving the edges dry.
Flat Earth and Orbits
Flat Earth and Orbits
A flat Earth challenges conventional orbital mechanics. Satellites and moons would require unorthodox paths to remain in stable orbits, defying our current understanding of physics and celestial dynamics.
Conclusion: Gravity and Shape
Conclusion: Gravity and Shape
Our world's spherical shape is maintained by gravity's equal pull. The flat Earth model defies established scientific principles, lacking evidence and observable consistency with known gravitational effects.
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What shape is Earth due to gravity?
Flat, due to uniform pull
Round, due to center pull
Irregular, due to varied pull