Neil deGrasse Tyson epically trolls flat-earthers with hilarious 'lunar eclipse' pic

The astrophysicist’s tweet was in reference to the total lunar eclipse that is happening on November 8

Neil deGrasse Tyson epically trolls flat-earthers with hilarious 'lunar eclipse' pic
Neil DeGrasse Tyson attends the Authors Night at The East Hampton Library on August 13, 2022 (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for East Hampton Library)
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Neil deGrasse Tyson inspired several hilarious reactions on social media after he took a dig at flat-earthers on Monday, November 7. The astrophysicist posted a photo on Twitter with a caption that read, “A Lunar Eclipse flat-Earther’s have never seen.” The image showed the moon with one long, straight shadow on it. In another tweet, he also noted, “Total Lunar Eclipse late tonight, to begin Election Day in the US Eclipses are not rare, in spite of headlines to the contrary. Combined, lunar & solar eclipses are more common than elections.”

“We long to believe a multi-billion-year universe thinks our time on Earth is special. Total Lunar eclipse tonight, after midnight, The Full Moon will pass into & out of Earth’s conical shadow in space. This long-and-boring event unfolds between 1:09am and 4:49am Pacific Time. Convert to your time zone. If it’s nighttime on Earth, the event is visible to you,” he added.

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A number of people joined Tyson to make fun of the flat-earthers as a user tweeted, “Actually, Flat Earthers can get a lunar eclipse into their model. All they need to do is add imaginary objects to their model.” A second user shared, “Ok, that looks funny, but you know that with this picture you can't convince a flat-earther. For them, the moon is basically just an ‘illumination system’ like a big TV screen that can display whatever you might observe. This is hard to refute within their belief system…”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson attends National Geographic's Los Angeles Premiere Of
Neil deGrasse Tyson attends National Geographic's Los Angeles Premiere Of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" at Royce Hall, UCLA on February 26, 2020 in Westwood, California (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for National Geographic)

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Another wrote, “Who said it’s flat ?! It is a Pyramid 🤪.” “Flat earthers have an explanation for that. I don't know for sure either way, never been to space. I'd gladly argue the role of the Flat Earther to have @neiltyson convince me that it is round,” someone else said.


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A lunar eclipse is seen in Sydney on November 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will experience the first visible total lunar eclipse of the year on Tuesday, with the eclipse also being visible from New Zealand. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
A lunar eclipse is seen in Sydney on November 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will experience the first visible total lunar eclipse of the year on Tuesday, with the eclipse also being visible from New Zealand (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Some netizens decided to go more scientific on flat-earthers as one of them asked, “Don't want to know, but have flat Earthers even made 6 calls to people spaced 60deg apart around equator on equinox...at same time...maybe every 4hrs for a day?  ...had each person measure angle betw plumb bob & sun? Seems the results would be hard to explain w/flat Earth model.” 

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Another person asked, “Do flat earthers agree on the shape of the flat earth? Is it a circle? Hexagon? Roundish shape with torn and burnt edges?” “I don't think that works from a simple geometry point of view. You have to remember that in their model the moon and the sun must be on the front side of the disk/plane at all times,” a third responded to the pic.

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“Ah but the SMART ones will tell you that irrespective if where the sun is in the sky, some sort of mystical lensing effect is directing the rays to hit the circular disk of the earth from underneath, creating a circular shadow, and then mystical lensing directing it at the moon,” someone else commented. Another tweet read, “70% of the planet is covered by water. None of that water is carbonated. Therefore, the Earth is FLAT!”

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