Our home in space is called Earth. It is a huge world, a planet that moves around in space.
Earth turns and spins around as it travels, but here on the ground we cannot feel it moving.
Earth takes just under 23 hours and 56 minutes for it to make one full turn.
Earth is the only planet we know of where living things can survive. There is many different types of animals and plants that live on this planet, and in order to survive they need water and a gas called oxygen. Fortunately, there is plenty of both on Earth. The conditions on Earth are just right for living things.
The reason living things can survive on Earth, is because it has a thick layer of gases called an atmosphere, that protects us from the Sun’s harmful rays, but also traps enough heat to keep us warm. The atmosphere also gives us air to breathe.
The outer part of our atmosphere is where Earth ends and space begins.
Earth is held in place by a special invisible force, called gravity. Earth’s gravity pulls everything down towards the ground and without this force we would be all floating up in sky, and our oceans would spill into space. It’s not only on Earth where this force is at work, in fact gravity exists everywhere in the Universe.
Nearly three quarters of Earth’s surface is covered in water.
At the center of our planet is a giant ball of solid metal. This is called the Earth’s CORE.
The population of planet Earth is estimated to be 7.53 billion.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are called the inner planets as they are closest to the Sun.
The Outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars, are known as the terrestrial planets. They share many common characteristics, such as, they are all inner planets, they all have solid, rocky surfaces and they are the closest planets to the Sun.
Earth is the only planet that wasn’t named after a Greek or Roman god or goddess.
The Earth was formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago.
The Earth’s name comes from the eight century Anglo-Saxon word, ” Erda”, which means ground or soil.
Earth is the only inner planet to have one satellite, the Moon.
Earth is the only planet that has an atmosphere containing 21% oxygen.
The surface of Earth cannot be seen from outer space because of clouds of water vapor. The water vapor makes Earth, when seen, into a big shining Orb.
As Earth orbits around the Sun, it turns on its axis, rotating right round in 24 hours.
As Earth is rotating, the side of Earth that faces the sun has daytime, while the side of the Earth turned away from the Sun has night-time.
Earth is 93 million miles, or 150 million kilometers from the Sun.
Earth is the 5th largest planet in the Solar System.
Earth has a powerful magnetic field that protects the planet from harmful elements from space. It is called the heliosphere and it protects our planet from interstellar radiation, such as gases, dust and cosmic rays.
Earth is the densest planet in the Solar System.