Earth is a ball of water, ice, and land. But, there is more to this gas-covered ball that we call Home. Here are 15 amazing facts that will help us increase our knowledge about our planet, our Earth.

  • We are currently in the middle of the sixth major extinction event, known as the Holocene Extension Event. The Earth will lose two-thirds of its wildlife by 2020.
  • The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen, therefore, giving it the title Lungs of our Planet.
  • The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia is the largest living structure on Earth. It is actually visible from space.
  • The Earth’s core is as hot as the Sun’s surface. (i.e 6,000 degree celsius).
  • On 24th October 1946, Nazi-built V-2 rocket was launched which took the first-ever photo of Earth from space. The photo was black and white and was shot at an altitude of 105 km.
  • Earth, well is the densest planet in our Solar System. It has a density of 5.51grams per cubic centimeter.
  • Our Moon is the largest satellite in the Solar System. It is 27 percent of Earth’s size, giving a ratio higher than other planets and their moons.
  • There are more than 22,000 man-made objects orbiting the Earth right now. Only 5% of which is constituted by functioning satellites.
  • Our Earth is said to be around 4.5 billion years old. Considering that our galaxy, the Milky Way takes about 250 million years for one revolution, Earth is 18 galactic years old.
  • On average, any normal visioned person can see 2,500 to 4,000 stars in a clear and unpopulated environment.
  • The outermost layer of the Earth’s atmosphere known as the Exosphere extends well beyond the Moon.
  • The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built, costing a whopping $ 160 billion, as of 2015.
  • In the past 20 million years, the Earth’s magnetic poles have flip-flopped every several hundred years or so. Meaning now the north is somewhere above Alaska, but however 800,000 years ago Antarctica would show as the magnetic north.
  • More than 95% of the Earth’s ocean is yet to be discovered.
  • It is said that there exists a huge underground ocean near the core of the Earth which is important for volcanic activities.

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