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There are some people out there that live for conspiracy theories - and hey, some of them can be pretty convincing. It's easy to see why so many are seduced by the idea that not everything is as it seems. Of course, there are some theories out there that are plainly absurd.
You know that we're talking about the Earth being flat, right? Yes. That conspiracy once again became a talking point for online communities after the 'blood moon' appeared yesterday - because, according to Flat Earthers, it DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN. Wake up, sheeple.
Hopefully you got to see the blood moon last night - what else were you going to tweet about if you didn't? Depending on the weather, people across the UK could see the Moon turn red as the Earth eclipsed it.
While many enjoyed watching this amazing moment, Flat Earthers also took the opportunity to head online and put forward their thoughts. Here we go, down the rabbit hole once again...
The Flat Earth Society tweeted: "It would seem that many of our friends are confused by the #LunarEclipse - so dazed, in fact, that they didn't think to just Google the subject!"
The society also provided a link to some proof, direct from its own website. Nothing suspect about this evidence, no sir.
After providing some #science by way of an introduction, the website claims: "The globular earth is said have a circumference of 24,900 miles while the atmosphere is said to extend only 100 miles around it.
"If the RE [Round Earth] model were true, and the redness of the shadow was caused by the sun's light filtering through the earth's atmosphere, then the earth's shadow upon the moon would only have a slight sliver of red around the shadow's edges.
"The moon could not turn entirely red as it does in the above image. The fact that the moon turns entirely red during a Lunar Eclipse suggests that the light of the sun is flowing through the majority of the body which intersects the path of light. Clearly an impossibility in the RE explanation."
It turns out a NASA hologram is really responsible, and what's more you can forget your protective eyewear too:
So there you have it, you gullible fools. Stop believing the evidence of space travel and centuries' worth of scientific study.
You're probably not going to be surprised that Twitter became a platform for a war of words between people who actually believe this ludicrous theory and those who don't.
"Ok, all you flat earthers out there, there's a blood moon tonight as the Earth orbits between the Sun and Moon. If the Earth was flat, explain away the full eclipse you [clowns]," one user tweeted.
Another user tweeted: "So, what's the #FlatEarth theory for a blood moon? Did @NASA paint the moon, or is it something ridiculous?"
It's important to take this moment to remind everyone that the world is not flat and there is a Moon.
It seems like the Moon can't catch a break. Remember when people thought that director Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landings?
If you lived anywhere else in the world, you might also have been able to see part of the eclipse.
The BBC said that people watched the 'longest blood moon eclipse of the 21st century'.
Professor Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at the University of Manchester, said: "This is actually almost as long as a lunar eclipse could be."
As well as the effects of Mars's close approach, he explained we also had a great view of a 'procession of planets', chiefly Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
They're all probably flat too, aren't they? Pfft.
Words by Adnan Riaz
Featured Image Credit: PA / Trekky0623 (Wikimedia Commons)
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