posted on Dec, 1 2015 @ 08:18 AM
originally posted by: sociolpath
The moon is obvious through binoculars but it is impossible to determine its correct distance.
People do not need to rely on what they are "told" to find the distance to the moon; anyone could do it with a little math and some clever
Ancient Greek mathematician Aristarchus of Samos in his 3rd century BCE work titled On the Sizes and Distances
use geometry and
trigonometry to calculate the distance to the Moon by observing lunar eclipses, the apparent size of the Moon in the sky, and the angle between the
moon and sun when the moon is at 1/2 phase.
Using this method, he also calculated the sizes of the Earth, Moon, and Sun and their distances from each other. He wasn't exactly right, but his
estimates were very close considering the methods he used.
He didn't have someone "telling him" these things; he figured them out himself, just like other people can do.
EDIT TO ADD:
Another method that could be used by anyone to calculate the distance to the moon is "parallax". Two people viewing the moon at the same time from
two locations far enough away from each other would see slightly different views of the Moon against the background of stars moon because of the
slightly different angles from which they are viewing it (the difference in the star background relative to the moon is tiny, but can be seen).
Again, these are things you can figure out for yourself without relying on what you are calling the big bad Powers That Be.
Don't be a sheeple and think that the only things you can know are what you are taught; figure things out on your own. When you do, you'll find that
the Sun, Moon, Earth, planets, and stars are pretty much exactly what science says they are -- which makes sense considering science figured things
out on its own using the same methods available to anyone.
edit on 12/1/2015 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)