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Planet

1 – The Moon

24,902 Miles

Mainly – 21% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen, 0.9% Argon and 0.3% Carbon Dioxide

58ºC – 88ºC

24 Hours 

365 Days (366 Days every four years)

1,040 miles per hour

93 Million Miles

1 AU

 

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A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi.

Distinguishing Features

So far, Earth is the only planet to sustain life as we know it.  It is also the only planet that appears to have liquid water on its surface and this is not the only remarkable thing to note about the Earth’s surface.  It is split in to tectonic plates that move on top of a layer of rocky mantle, that in turn covers red hot molten liquid at the planets core. 

View of Earth from a camera on V-2 #13, launched October 24, 1946. (White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory)

View of Earth from a camera on V-2 #13, launched October 24, 1946. (White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory) Image Credit NASA

Where is it in our Solar System?

The Earth is the third planet from the Sun and sits between Venus and Mars. It is a staggering 93 million miles from the Sun, that is the equivalent of walking around the equator just under 3735 times! 

The distance in space is sometimes measured using AU, the astronomical unit.  1 AU is equal to the distance between the Sun and the Earth.

 

MONDAYSInteresting Facts

A year on Earth is defined by how long it takes for the earth to orbit the Sun, this is equal to 365 1/4 days. We however take a year to be 365 days and save up the 1/4s until the fourth orbit, in that year we get an extra day, February 29th, making it a leap year! 

The Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old.

Oceans cover around 70% of the surface of the Earth, in fact the deepest place on Earth can be found under the ocean, some 35,813 feet below sea level, it is called the Mariana Trench.

It takes around 8 minutes 19 seconds for the light from the Sun to reach the Earth, that is 8 minutes and 19 seconds to travel 93 million miles! 

Even though it looks round,  the Earth actually has a bulge around the equator.

 

On Aug. 23, 1966, the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. The image was taken during the spacecraft's 16th orbit. Image credit: NASA

On Aug. 23, 1966, the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. The image was taken during the spacecraft’s 16th orbit.
Image credit: NASA

 

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Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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