‘Hollow Earth’ is not a myth
The hollow earth has always been a popular subject of discussion among conspiracy theorists, but it seems the theory of an extraterrestrial life form known as the hollow earth is in serious decline.
Now a new study published in the journal Nature has found that there is no evidence to support the theory that the Earth is hollow at all.
In a new article in Nature, scientists from the University of Queensland and the Australian National University looked at data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and discovered there is a much higher level of data to support their claim that the surface of our planet is flat.
“We found that the data is actually quite robust,” said Dr Andrew White, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor in the University’s Department of Earth and Space Science.
“You can see it’s pretty consistent.”
Dr White’s team used data from Kepler to examine whether the planet’s surface could be hollow and found that while there was a high correlation between the level of surface features on the planet and the amount of heat in the atmosphere, there was no significant relationship between the amount and location of those features.
“When you look at the topography, you can see that there’s a lot of mountains, there’s hills, and there’s valleys.
There’s not a lot that you can actually tell apart with that kind of data.”
Dr John Latham, a professor of Earth sciences at the University, said while the researchers’ data was robust, it was not conclusive.
“I’m not saying it’s 100 per cent reliable, but we think that the amount you’re seeing on a surface is pretty consistent with the amount there would be if the surface was flat,” Dr Latham said.
“But there are other things going on.
We don’t know what those are, so we can’t make any firm conclusions.”
The team used Kepler data from the year 2030 to study the surface temperatures of planets orbiting other stars, including our own sun.
“This is the first time we’ve done this with the Kepler spacecraft,” Dr White said.
“We’ve done the best data we’ve ever done for this type of work.”
“Our results show that there are more than 50 per cent more surface features than the previous analysis.”
Dr Latham’s team also discovered that there was only a 5 per cent difference between surface temperature measurements of the planet Mars and the surface temperature of a hypothetical Earth with a similar mass.
“So if the mass of Mars is 10 times that of Earth, that means it’s probably a lot colder,” Dr John Lath said.
“So, if you take a closer look at those surface features, they’re a lot warmer than the planet Earth, which is about 10 times colder.”
Dr Redford said that the researchers found that surface features were similar to what we see on our planet and were consistent with their theory of a hollow Earth.
“The surface temperature is consistent with our theories that the atmosphere is made of water vapor and a very thin layer of carbon dioxide, which would reflect the sun,” Dr Redford explained.
“And there’s no signs of any volcanoes or anything like that.”
Dr Paul Redford, a researcher from the Australian Institute of Science who co-authored the paper, said the results were not surprising, given the research that was conducted on other worlds.
“These findings are quite consistent with other ideas that were put forward in the early 20th century,” Dr Ritchie said.
“There was a lot more research done into what the climate on other planets looked like, and this is one of the more consistent results.”
Dr Ritchie also said that if it is true that our planet has no atmosphere, it is not because of an invisible layer of gas and dust, but because there is an Earth that is hollow.
“There’s a theory that there could be an Earth-like planet that’s lying in space, but that’s just not going to happen,” Dr Miley said.
Dr White and Dr Lothars said that more data would be needed before the hollow Earth theory could be accepted.
“It’s a little bit of a long shot,” Dr Blue said.