7 Geographical Facts about Planet Earth ...

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How many geographical facts about planet earth do you actually know?

The Earth is one of those subjects that we’re taught bits about in school and we pick up facts and trivia as we go through life, but when we’re asked questions like how big is it, how much is land and how much is water, how far are we from the sun etc, we never seem to know the answer.

Let’s change that shall we?

Here are some facts about Planet Earth we probably all should know.

1. Earth’s Waistline

At the equator, the circumference of the globe is 24,901 miles.

This is one of the most interesting facts about Planet Earth because if you ask someone to estimate the size of the equator they always go with a much smaller number.

2. Moving Fast

Look at the sky and you’ll see the clouds moving.

Another interesting piece of trivia about the Earth is you’re moving at about 1,000 miles an hour by standing still.

This is because of the Earth’s spin and orbit as it moves around the sun.

If you’re closer to the equator, you’ll be moving faster.

So if you’re living in Texas you’re moving faster than someone in Wisconsin.2

3. Distance from Our Star

We’re the third closest planet to the sun, but this doesn’t mean we’re close to it.

One of the things you should know about the Earth is that the distance from the sun alters.

Our orbit means we have to take an average as to how close we are to the sun.2

Astronomers use the figure of 92.96 million miles, but we could be as far as 94 million miles or as close as 91 million miles.

4. Standard Time Zones

Time is a man-made concept and it differs depending on where we are in the world.

The Earth has 24 different time zones.

And these are just the standard time zones.2

There are also lots of non-standard time zones.

If you look at the time zone lines on a map, you’ll likely wonder what goes on in the middle of those lines.

Some areas will add 30-45 minutes to create a non-standard time zone.

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