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This question came to mind after reading a comment on another question comparing Equestria to a Ptolemaic/geocentric universe.

Since the first episode, Celestia and Luna have been described as the ones who raise and lower the sun and moon - without them Equestria would be stuck in an eternal night/day (exactly what Nightmare Moon tried to do).

The show intro sequence claims that:

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land. To do this, the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn; the younger brought out the moon to begin the night.

The use of the word "raise" and the fact that the planets couldn't simply be left to orbit made fans argue if the planet Equestria is on is shaped like a sphere or is flat like Discworld.

For example, one comment at https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Headscratchers/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicSetting argues that it's flat:

Observation and deduction time: The world of Equestria is self-evidently Geocentric, and the fact that the moon and sun have to be raised DAILY, rather than simply left to orbit... and that they can be stopped dead in their tracks without catastrophic environmental consequences (such as the Sun and Moon 'falling out of the sky')... implies it's a flat world as well, a la Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

Is there any concrete evidence to either theory to be found in the show?

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    note: this was posted as a self reference to be able to bring this up next time someone states Equestria is on a flat planet.
    – SPArcheon
    Jan 4 at 17:32
  • The TV Tropes argument that you quote doesn't really make sense to me: what about the Sun and Moon imply that the planet is flat? (Disclaimer: I've never seen that show, so may be missing something obvious.)
    – ruakh
    Jan 5 at 2:09
  • @ruakh probably considered a consequence of a geocentric model and the fact that the sun is artificially moved by the ponies in order to have a night and day cycle. Seems whoever made that argument assumed that if the planet was a sphere then the sun would had to orbit around it, without any need for external forces to move it. Anyway, I never said I agree - that is just one sample of someone claiming the planet must be flat.
    – SPArcheon
    Jan 5 at 9:11

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The planet is indeed a sphere.

Pinkie Pie (playing Chancellor Puddinghead role) in Heartwarming Eve states that

"The Earth is round; there is no up or down"

This alone can't probably be taken as a full proof since Pinkie (and Puddinghead too) isn't the most reliable source for information.

A more concrete proof is the episode Secret of My Excess, where a globe can be clearly seen:

globe in S2E10

But... you don't even have to look so far. The show intro theme actually hides the answer in plain sight.

final scene in the show intro theme

On the window beside Celestia, an image of the world is shown. And it is indeed a sphere.

Yet, some could still say that every single example so far only prove that the popular belief is that the planet is a sphere and therefore ponies may be wrongly depicting that way.

In that case, a final answer can be found in the official IDW comic.

In the "Nightmare Rarity" story arc, the ponies end up visiting the moon. In a scene, we see Luna fleeing from the moon and returning to Equestria to warn the other of the danger they found.

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In that scene, Equestria is seen as an actual planet floating in space, no artistic depiction involved. And it is still a sphere.

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