January 26, 2016 2:58 pm
Updated: January 26, 2016 5:27 pm

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson schools rapper B.o.B over flat Earth tweets

An image of Earth taken by NASA astronaut Frank Borman as the crew of Apollo 17 — the last Apollo mission — was travelling to the moon.

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You’d think the fact that Earth is round is something that can’t be debated.

But for some “flat-Earthers” as they’re known — including rapper B.o.B — that’s not the case. To them, Earth is flat and any evidence to the contrary is part of a conspiracy.

Well, B.o.B took to Twitter this week to share his views about how our planet isn’t round at all.

Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that Earth was a sphere. Eratosthenes (276-195 B.C.) later accurately calculated the circumference of our planet — and even its axial tilt. Of course, we later used more scientific evidence, heck, even visual evidence to confirm that our Blue Marble — and all the other planets in our solar system and beyond — were indeed spherical in nature (Earth does have a slight bulge at the equator and other planets have more pronounced ones). But all the evidence doesn’t add up to flat-Earthers.

B.o.B even posted a rap track about it, with clips of Tyson.

But then the big-guns were pulled out. The tweets gained the attention of world-renowned astrophysicist and host of National Geographic’s StarTalk Neil deGrasse Tyson who poked very large holes in B.o.B’s theory.

The tweets from B.o.B continued, but Tyson ended his side of the “debate” with one final tweet.

UPDATE: Tyson added another tweet — with a counter-rap.

 

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