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If the Earth were flat - could you (on a crystal clear day) see the Himalayas from the UK? (Assuming there were no obstructions in between) And secondly - would the view into space be any different?

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  • $\begingroup$ "Flat Earth" and "Space exploration" are as far apart as you can get. Space exploration is about what is really there. $\endgroup$ – Oscar Lanzi Mar 16 '19 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ True, but there are some very smart people here and IMO the question is (very) loosely related to space. $\endgroup$ – Richard Mar 16 '19 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ The question is not about the flat earth "theory" - it is a hyphothetical question about the transparency of the athmosphere and it should be viewed so. I suggest a reopen. $\endgroup$ – peterh - Reinstate Monica Mar 16 '19 at 21:08
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    $\begingroup$ Btw, the answer is probably no - as far I know, the opaqueness of the athmosphere makes things un-visible from $\approx$ 400 km, at least this is the record where free eye can see. We face rarely this problem, because the normalized thickness of the athmosphere is only $\approx$ 5km. $\endgroup$ – peterh - Reinstate Monica Mar 16 '19 at 21:11
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh even if it is a "a hyphothetical question about the transparency of the athmosphere" it's still off topic. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Mar 16 '19 at 22:29

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