Also known as Earth, Gaia, and variations on Terra, the world is 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few weeks, and the earliest life form on it is at least 3.5 billion years old, almost as old as Mel Brooks.
Over 99% of all species of life on this world are extinct, with Lowland Gorillas, Black Rhinos, Iberian Lynxes and Mel Brooks next in line for a lingering goodbye thanks to us 7.3 billion humans and our greedy expansion and development.
The world rotates at about 1000 miles per hour (1600 km/hr), in other words that’s the speed YOU are moving at right now at your desk/on your sofa/on your iPad after a jog during which you might have run at a pathetic 6 mph.
Why not just lie back, eat chocolate, watch youtube videos and still move almost as fast? p.s. Because gravity holds you onto the surface of this planet, you’re moving with the Earth and don’t notice its spin speed.
Our world is 93, 500,000 miles (149,600,000 kms ) away from the Sun except for Northern Ireland which is a lot further away. Well that’s what shivering, dripping locals claim.
The circumference of Earth at the equator is around 24,902 miles (40,075 km), but from pole-to-pole slightly more, with seventy-one percent of the world’s surface covered by water – a unique feature in the Solar System – though polar regions are mostly frozen into ice.
Mount Everest is the highest place in the world above sea level, at 29,028 feet (8,848 meters), while the lowest point is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean which drops to 36,200 feet (11,034 meters) below sea level.