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How big is the Earth

is the earth as big as we think

By kalasa Aaron Published about a month ago 3 min read
How big is the Earth
Photo by Louis Maniquet on Unsplash

Earth, our humble abode, a minuscule blue speck adrift in the vast cosmic sea where every person you've ever known, every human who has ever existed, and every tale ever recounted resides. It is the starting point of our journey, but as we venture beyond our atmosphere, past the moon, and further away, we embark on a grand adventure. Our quest is to comprehend the true expanse of the universe. The moon, our first stop, lies about 384,000 km away. The distance is so immense that if you were to drive a car at a steady speed of 100 km per hour, it would take over 160 days to reach it. From the lunar vantage point, Earth appears as a delicate sphere of blues and greens nestled in the vast darkness of space, offering a humbling view of our existence. As we progress outward, the sun becomes our next milestone, approximately one astronomical unit away from Earth. This unit, equivalent to about 150 million km, serves as the standard measure for distances in our solar system. The light, traveling at an astonishing speed of 300,000 km/s, takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to journey from the Sun to Earth. If you were to cover this distance in a commercial jet flying at 900 km per hour, it would take approximately 19 years. This immense gap serves as a stark reminder of the vastness of space even within our solar system. The sun, a blazing giant, provides vital energy to our planet from this incredible distance. Moving beyond Earth and its solar companion, we turn our attention to Mars, our mysterious red neighbor. At its closest point to Earth, Mars is about 54.6 million km away. However, this distance can extend up to 401 million km when the two planets are on opposite sides of the sun. To put it into perspective, traveling to Mars at the speed of a commercial jet would take over 50 years. The vast space between Earth and Mars is a significant reminder of the immense distances in our solar system.

Neptune from the Sun this staggering

distance showcases the enormity of our solar

system launched in 1977 the Voyager One space

probe represents Humanity's insatiable curiosity

and our desire to explore Beyond known bound

boundaries as of now Voyager 1 has traveled for

over four decades covering a staggering distance

of more than 22 billion kilometers from Earth it's

the farthest human-made object from our planet

a silent Wanderer in the cosmic sea in 1990 at

the suggestion of the renowned astronomer Carl San

Voyager 1 turned its camera back towards Earth for

one final photograph this resulted in the iconic

pale blue dot image and at a distance of about 6

billion kilm from Earth our planet appeared as

a tiny faint dot in the vastness of space Sean

poetically reflected on this image emphasizing

our responsibility to cherish and preserve our

only home a small Speck in the immense Universe At

the very fringes of our solar system lies the ort

Cloud a vast theoretical sphere of icy objects.

Dynamics as we journey to the outermost reaches

of our solar system we encounter Neptune the

distant ice giant lying roughly 4.5 billion kilm

from Earth Neptune marks the edge of our solar

neighborhood sunlight racing across the vacuum

of space takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes to

reach the earth atmosphere and light.


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  • Sweileh 888about a month ago

    Interesting and delicious content, keep posting more now

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