The Earth

Interesting Facts About The Earth

The Earth spins on its axis at 1,037 mph.

The Earth’s orbital speed around the Sun is 67,000 mph.

The Earth travels 1.6 million miles per day in its orbit around the Sun.

The Earth’s distance from the Sun is 92,955,807 miles.

The Earth’s axis is tilted.  It changes on a 40,000-year cycle, varying between 22.1 to 24.5 degrees from perpendicular.  The tilt causes the seasons, and the variation causes the seasons to become exaggerated.

The Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing so that every 140 million years one hour will be added in a day.

The Earth has an elliptical orbit around the Sun within the solar system.  It takes 365 days to complete the orbit.

The Earth was formed around 4.54 billion years ago.

The Earth is the fifth largest planet in terms of size and mass, but it is the most dense.

The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,898 miles.

The Earth’s atmosphere reaches 62 miles or 330,000 feet above mean sea level.

The Earth’s surface area is 70 percent covered by water, which is why it is often called the “Blue Planet.”

The Earth’s atmosphere is 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent argon.

The Earth has a nickel-iron core.

The Earth’s ozone layer protects the Earth from harmful solar radiation by absorbing the Sun’s powerful UV rays.

The North Star, Polaris, is 680 light-years away from Earth.

After the Sun, the next nearest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri, 4 light-years away, or 23.52 trillion miles.

Sunlight takes an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds to travel from the Sun to the Earth.