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 ?
- aladdinwaLv 76 months agoFavourite answer
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.
- lenpol7Lv 76 months ago
Because the imperfections are so small we cannot see them.
- MikeLv 76 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.
- CliveLv 76 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
- Jeffrey KLv 76 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.
- Anonymous6 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%.