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Answered 2008-01-28 23:57:24

You should be able to figure this out on your own, and I can't really explain it if you lack that much spacial awareness.

Stand near the bottom of a small hill or an arched bridge. You can't see past the peak because the land or bridge curves. The same thing happens when you are standing on the surface of a large a sphere such as the earth. In all directions, the earth curves away from you. This creates the horizon. Interesting side note: The higher up you are, the farther you can see. This is why lighthouses were developed to be taller and taller. The taller the lighthouse, the farther away a ship could be and still see the light.

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