Skip to comments.Can You Really See Russia from Alaska?
Posted on 09/11/2008 8:21:07 PM PDT by Maceman
OK, I didn't watch the Sarah Palin interview, but apparently she made the comment that "you can actually see Russia from Alaska."
Of course, the DUmmies are all over this "gaffe", and there are numerous hits on Google about it already.
The Bering Strait is 53 miles across, which means you can't see Russia across it because of the curvature of the earth.
However, I did find one post on answers.yahoo.com that states:
Actually, the answer is yes and no. From the mainland, there is no way to see Russia from Alaska. The distance is too great.
However, there are two islands in the Bering Staight - Big Diomede and Little Diomede. The big island is Russian and the small one American. They are 1.5 miles from each other. Interestingly, the International Date Line separates the two, so there is a time difference of 23 hours between the two.
I thought that was actually an interesting little fact.
But I'm wondering, have any Freepers who have been to Alaska ever seen Russia from there?
The sophomoric overuse of in intellectual terms from the 1960s was dreadful. I felt embarrassed for Charlie.
It was reminiscent of Gore sighing during the debates with Bush. Rather than looking intellectual, he looked like a pompous ass. It was the same with Charlie.
The Aleutians are neat. They’ve got volcanoes. Check them out with Google Earth.
It is more than twice the size of Texas or 1/5 the size of ALL the lower 48 states.
If you lay Alaska on top of the lower 48 it stretches just about from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
You are right. I wasn’t thinking :)
Palin is proven correct again.
DEM/DU/KOS wrong again.
How many smears/gaffes of the left have been debunked?
Gotta be Palin 110, to libs 0
I guess when you cannot find anything of substance to attack with, you are waiting for any minor gaffe.
“Have you noticed that every time they jump up and down and yell hoorah we finally proved how dumb she is, the pseudo-intellectuals are taught that what she said WAS the truth and they again look like the idiots they really are?
Sort of reminds me of Charlie Brown and Lucy and the great football fake!! :)
Come to think of it...
My husband was just up in Kodiak with his Marine squadron for 3 weeks of flying. Guaranteed, you can see Russia from Alaska.
LOL Thats perfect!
Think I will go make that for a bumper sticker now.
Its a great image and oh so apropo.
Thanks for the laugh and great idea!
When I was a kid, San Francisco columnist Herb Caen’s nephew walked across the ice from Alaska to Russia and got arrested.
It was journalistic pomposity.
On a clear day I can see it from South Mountain.
Cool info. I never knew. Our Sarah. Such a teacher :-).
I believe you can see Russia from Mt. McKinley.
Bull. My Pops was stationed in the Aleutians in WWII, Russians did come by light truck and on foot over land and frozen sea in the Bering Straights.
The opportunity usually exists twice a year.
Here is some proof that it’s not only possible, but it’s been done: (watch the whole series)
Thank you Molly...at least I know my mind is clear...at least for tonight.
I am cackling in a silent house where all the creatures - man, children and animals - save myself, are asleep...at least they were, and if any of them come trotting down the stairs in the next few minutes and spoil the most peaceful part of my day, it is entirely you’re fault!
you’re, your...ugh, grammar.
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