1) In our solar system, Earth is the third planet from the sun. The Old English and Germanic words for “the ground” are what gave it its name.
2) Our amazing planet has existed for a considerable amount of time. Scientists have determined that the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old by studying the rocks on our planet.
Information about Earth’s atmosphere: 3) Earth orbits the sun, like all other planets. And it does so at a very high rate—roughly 30 kilometers per second! The Earth completes one full orbit in 365 days, or one year.
4) Have you ever considered the reason behind the seasons we have? We’ll tell you why: the Earth is tilted 23.4 degrees on its “axis,” an imaginary line that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole in the middle of the planet. This indicates that different regions of the globe tilt toward the sun at various times throughout the year (or during its orbit).
Facts about the seasons and the Earth 5) The Earth not only whizzes through space, but it also spins on its axis. The outcome? We have the day and the night! The sun-facing side of the planet experiences daylight as it rotates, while the other side experiences darkness.
6) Earth is frequently portrayed as a vast sphere by people. However, in actuality, its form is more akin to that of a condensed ball with a bulge at the equator, which is an imaginary line that runs through the middle of the planet, exactly between the North Pole and the South Pole.
7) The effect of “gravity” and the Earth’s rotation create this “bulge.” The invisible force of gravity pulls objects toward one another. This force prevents us from escaping into space by bringing things closer to Earth.
Facts about the Earth – Earth 8) The Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system. Its diameter, or straight through distance, is 12,800 kilometers. Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn are even larger!
9) It is known that life can only exist on Earth, the only planet in our solar system. This is because it has a lot of water and a lot of oxygen—two very important things that living things need to survive! Due to its distance from the sun, it is neither too hot nor too cold for living things.
Facts about the earth and life 10) The “atmosphere” of the Earth is also very important for keeping life alive. Earth is shielded from the sun’s powerful rays by the atmosphere, a huge blanket of gases, mostly nitrogen and oxygen. In addition, the atmosphere shields us from meteors and helps maintain a comfortable temperature for living things on Earth.