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Earth has a radius of 6371 kilometers. A pilot is flying at a steady altitude of 6.6 kilometers above the earth's surface.

 

What is the pilot's distance to the horizon?

 

Enter your answer, rounded to the nearest tenth, in the box.

 Mar 8, 2019
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We have a right triangle with   a hypotenuse of   6371 + 6.6  =  6377.6 km

 

The Earth's radius is one of the legs = 6371 km

 

And the distance to the horizon is the other leg and is given by :

 

√ [ 6377.6^2 -6371^2 ]  ≈   290.1 km

 

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 Mar 8, 2019

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