Interesting and Cool Planet Earth Facts For Kids (Part 1)
Earth is a beautiful planet where we live on, where we watch the sunrise and sunset. It’s a blue and white ball seeing from the space. Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only celestial object known to harbor life. This planet, formed billions years ago after the Big Bang, also contains a bunch of mysteries that haven’t been unraveled. So let’s find out more about the earth’s composition, structure, orbit, rotation, gravity, surface, habitability, leap year as well as its interaction with other planets in the universe, space through interesting planet earth facts for kids.
Planet Earth Facts For Kids - Science Facts
The planet Earth weighs approximately 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms (nearly 6 septillion kg). That is roughly the same amount of weight of 55 quintillions of Blue Whales, the heaviest creature on Earth.
Actually, it doesn’t take the Earth 24 hours to complete a single rotation. In fact, it only takes it 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. Astronomers call this a sidereal day.
A year on the Earth is not 365 days as widely thought. It is in fact, 365.2564 days. The extra 0.2564 days is added onto February every four years, every leap year. That’s where leap year comes from.
The Planet Earth consists of 3 different layers including the Crust, the Mantle, and the Core (Outer Core and Inner Core). And each layer is made up of different elements.
The Earth composition
The massive amount of water covering the Earth makes the Earth become one of the brightest planets when looking from a distance. It’s because the way the water reflects the Sun rays.
70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water so people call the Earth the Blue Planet.
And surprisingly, only 3% of the total 70% of water covering the Earth is fresh. The rest is salted.
And of this 3%, more than 2% resides in ice sheets and glaciers and 1% is in lakes and rivers.
The Earth is also the only planet in our solar system that is not named after either a Greek or Roman Goddess.
The name Earth comes from a combination of Old English and Germanic and is derived from "eor(th)e" and "ertha" which mean "ground".
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