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SEPTEMBER 2017 PUZZLE - "How High the Sun?"
Submitted by Dave Thomas
The diagram below indicates a method whereby one could use measurements of the sun's elevation on the vernal or autumnal equinox to calculate the height of the sun above the earth in Voliva's flat earth model. In this diagram, an observer at 45o latitude would see the sun at that same angle above the horizon, and will be 1/8th of the 24,000-mile diameter of the flat earth away from the equator, i.e. 3,000 miles. The "height" of the sun would be calculated as 3,000 miles for this latitude.
The September Bonus:What would the following people, using the method above, calculate for the height of the sun above the flat earth, as seen on the autumnal equinox?
Hall of Fame (September Puzzle Solvers):
Paul Braterman (UK)
Harold H. Gaines (KS)
Brian Pasko (NM)
Gene Aronson (NM)