20 Facts about Planet Earth you Probably didn’t know

  • 3 million Earths could fit inside the sun, an average-sized star.
  • If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side.
  • The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.
  • The Earth, seen from the moon, also goes through phases.
  • It takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds for light to travel from the sun to the earth.
  • There are more living organisms in a teaspoonful of soil than there are people on earth.
  • One-third of Earth’s land surface is partially or totally desert.
  • Before trees were common, the Earth was covered with giant mushrooms.
  • Our galaxy probably contains at least 2 billion planets like Earth.
  • There are about 7500,000,000,000,000,000 grains of sand on Earth.
  • The Earth’s core is about as hot as the sun.
  • Since at least the time of Pythagoras in 500 BC, no educated person believed the Earth was flat.
  • Every second, the Sun sends to earth 10 times more neutrinos than the number of people on earth.
  • Earth is the only place in the Solar System where water can be present in its three states: solid, liquid and vapour.
  • The Earth lost 40% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, according to the WWF.
  • The earth’s deepest known point equals to 24.5 Empire State Buildings end to end.
  • Earth is the only place in the solar system where a total solar eclipse can happen.
  • The Soviets drilled the world’s deepest hole into the earth for 14 years: it’s 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) deep.
  • The Earth’s atmosphere is made up of roughly 21% of oxygen.
  • Earth is the only planet whose name in English is not derived from a Greco-Roman God.

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