Aliens have captured our fascination but this near perfect orb that we call home, our Planet Earth is more than just a planet. It is home for some extraordinary drama. From deadly volcanoes to colossal clashes of tectonic plates, from mysterious phenomena to weird life forms, let us today embark on a journey of 50 extremely interesting Earth facts that will leave you puzzled and baffled!
Interesting Earth Facts: 1-10
1. When viewed from Sun, Earth is the third planet and also the third terrestrial planet. A terrestrial planet is a rocky planet. The other terrestrial planets in our Solar System are Mercury, Venus and Mars.
2. Earth is also the largest terrestrial planet of all four terrestrial planets in our Solar System.
3. Earth is the only planet in our Solar System that has not been named after any Roman god or deity. In fact the name of Earth comes from the word ‘erda’, which is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning soil or ground.
4. Earth is the only known planet in our Solar System that supports life. No other planet supports life. However, scientists are searching for life forms on some of moons of bigger planets like Jupiter and Saturn.
5. The Earth we know today was formed 4.54 billion years ago.
6. The mass of planet Earth is 5,972,190,000,000,000 billion kilograms.
7. The distance of Earth’s orbit from Sun is 1 AU (astronomical unit) which is equivalent to 149, 598, 262 kilometers. Earth takes 365.26 Earth Days to complete one revolution around Sun along its orbit.
8. The surface temperature of Earth ranges between -88°C and 58°C.
9. Earth has equatorial and polar diameters of 12,756 kilometers and 12,714 kilometers respectively. This simply means that Earth is not a perfect sphere. It fact, it is slightly flattened at the poles.
10. The equatorial circumference of Earth is 40,030 kilometers.