They told us earth’s shadow causes eclipses. But that’s impossible. In order for the sun to cast a shadow on the earth, all three heavenly bodies—Earth, Sun and Moon—would have to line up in a row like three billiard balls:
Simple observation reveals this doesn’t happen. This explanation of eclipses relies on many assumptions, including earth being a spinning ball. More on that here. But in this post I’d like to share one way we know for sure that the heavenly bodies don’t line up in a row.
Many times in the history of lunar eclipse observation, the sun and moon have appeared in the sky at the same time. This phenomenon is called the selenelion. If you can see the sun and the moon in the sky at the same time, the three bodies are definitely not in a row. They’re in more of a triangle configuration.In that case, it’s impossible for the sun to cast a shadow on the moon. Some say refraction causes the sun and moon to appear simultaneously. Even the article I linked explains it away with refraction. But can you deny your own senses, and deny that the sun and the moon appear in the sky at the same time? Many of us have noticed the sun and moon together in the sky, and it happens during eclipses as well. This argument that we don’t really see the sun and moon together in the sky is consistent with globers’ insistence that we deny our own powers of observation in order to believe the standard narrative.
It doesn’t happen every time during a lunar eclipse. But if it even happened once, it would debunk the standard explanation of eclipses. And in reality, it’s happened many times.
So, if not shadows, what causes lunar eclipses? I don’t know. But the standard explanations do not suffice. Therefore, we must seek a better explanation.
Thanks for reading! Stacey