This Flat Earth Deception post features a Facebook post about Australia being upside down on the globe earth.
On the Flat Earthers in Christ Facebook group, someone posted this meme, which shows Australia upside down, as they mock the concept of the globe Earth.
Sadly, because they are wrong about the Earth being flat, they are ultimately mocking their Creator.
It’s not like there is an ‘up’ in space, so that Australia would be facing down.
The irony of course is that the supposed flat earth map is really a north-polar azimuthal equidistant projection of the globe earth.
And because there is great distortion of the Southern Hemisphere, the continent of Australia is twice as wide as it should be. But flat earthers just ignore that little detail!
Before computers, mapping out airplane flight routes was a challenge, as they had to use a globe, or images of the northern and southern hemispheres, like these.
To resolve this problem they created the azimuthal equidistant map, which allowed them to see all of the continents on one 2D map.
In order to do this, the bottom half of the globe earth had to be flared out into the outer circles. On the north-polar azimuthal projection map the northern hemisphere is shown in the inner circle, and the southern hemisphere is shown in the flared out circle that surrounds it.
Rendering a globe earth onto a 2D image always cause some distortion.
On the azimuthal projection map, the further away the land mass is from the center point, the greater the distortion. This is why Australia looks so wide, as it’s been stretched.
It’s amazing to me that flat earthers can see this map all of the time, and not realize why Australia appears so wide. It’s because their supposed flat earth map is really a globe map.