If our earth is an oblate spheroid, why is it shown in imagery/satellite photos as a perfect one ?

why are all the photos, visuals, videos etc of our planet depicting some sort of near flawless sphere ?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Earth's Diameter at the Equator: 12,756.3 km

    Earth's Diameter through the Poles: 12,714 km

    That's a difference of only 42.3 kilometers out of more that 12,700 kilometers, or a percentage difference of only 33 one-hundredths of 1 percent. That is much too small of a difference to be detected by the naked eye.

  • 6 months ago

    Because the imperfections are so small we cannot see them.

  • Mike
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    6 months ago

    The difference between the Earth's actual shape and a perfect sphere is about 0.3%, not nearly enough to be apparent in photos.

  • Clive
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    6 months ago

    Because it's only a TINY bit oblate.  Certainly not enough to be obvious in a photo.  For all practical purposes it IS spherical.

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  • 6 months ago

    The earth, for all intents and purposes, is just a sphere. Anyone babbling on about the earth being an oblate spheroid is just a blow hard trying to sound important. The minuscule "spare tire" around Earth's midsection is not visible in ANY picture EVER taken.  

  • 6 months ago

    because all of the earths imperfections are so tiny compared to the relative size

    if you think about it, no sphere is perfect

    not even my testicles

  • 6 months ago

    Earth is some sort of near flawless sphere. The deviation from a perfect sphere is far to small to see. The earth is closer to a perfect sphere than a bowling ball is. 

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    It is not perfect; the difference is too small to see when looking at the whole planet. Don't forget there are also mountains like Everest over 29,000 feet. You don't see the earth as a spiky ball because that's not very much compared to the earth's diameter.

    Diameter Pole to pole 7899.86 mi and Equatorial 7926 mi. Difference, 26 mi,  0.3%.

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