The Direction of Sunrise and Sunset

It is common knowledge that the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. But can the flat-Earth model actually explain these everyday occurrence?

Apparently not. Let’s carefully examine the map that is claimed by flat-earthers as the “flat Earth map”.


Let’s say we are in Congo-Brazzaville, Africa, near the equator, in the afternoon, at the time the sun is setting. We can agree that during this time, elsewhere in the world, there are places that is experiencing midday, and the Sun is almost directly overhead.

One of those places is Ecuador, South America. Now let’s find out the direction to Ecuador from Congo-Brazzaville. Using the so called ‘flat Earth map’, we can determine Ecuador is northwest of Congo-Brazzaville. Does the Sun really set in the northwest? No, it sets in the west.


Same thing, but for sunrises. When it is morning in Congo-Brazzaville, during the sunrise, there are places in the world that is experiencing midday. One of those places is Riau Islands, Indonesia.

Using the so called ‘flat Earth map’, Riau Islands, Indonesia is in Northeast of Congo-Brazzaville. Does the Sun really rise in the northeast? No, it rises in the east.


It’s not hard to conclude that the flat Earth model does not match common facts we can observe every day. The simple fact that the Sun rises from the East and sets in the West cannot even be explained by the flat Earth model.