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Planet Earth – Our Planet  

Beautiful Earth, home to plants, animals and humans, is the third planet from the Sun. It’s the fifth largest planet. Some of the other planets have atmospheres, seasons and even water, but only Earth combines all these elements in just the right way. Earth is the only place in the solar system where life is known to be found.

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Most of the places on Earth experience four seasons, caused by the earth’s rotation and tilt. When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, and vice versa. The Earth is surrounded by a blanket of gases that protects it from the sun. The atmosphere is mostly nitrogen – about 78 percent. The atmosphere also contains oxygen.

Earth, the Ocean Planet Image

Earth is often called the ocean planet. Its surface is 70 percent water.

Fun Facts about Earth for Kids

  • Earth is often called the ocean planet. Its surface is 70 percent water. The oceans help regulate the temperature of the planet and influence weather.
  • The Earth has a molten inner core made of iron and other metals. Under the Earth’s crust are plates that slowly move against each other. This movement causes mountains, hills, volcanoes and even earthquakes.
  • The Earth’s atmosphere protects the planet from meteors. They usually burn up before they reach the Earth’s surface.
  • A strong magnetic field keeps our atmosphere securely blanketed around the Earth.
Composition of the Earth's Atmosphere Image

The Earth’s atmosphere protects the planet from meteors.The atmosphere is mostly nitrogen – about 78 percent. The atmosphere also contains oxygen.

Earth Vocabulary

  1. Rotation: turning
  2. Hemisphere: half of the Earth’s surface
  3. Molten: metal or rock that is so hot that it melts and becomes liquid
  4. Meteors: flying pieces of rock and space debris
Green Planet Image

Earth is the only place in the solar system where life is known to be found.

Learn More All About Earth, Our Planet

Watch and listen to this Earth video:

A video song all about Earth.

Earth Q&A

Question: When was the first photo of Earth taken from space?

Answer: Before December, 1968, people really had no idea what the Earth looked like from space. The Apollo 8 crew snapped photos of the Earth from the moon’s orbit.

 

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