Humans have been living on earth for millennia, but what we know about this blue planet is like a drop in an ocean. I mean we still know very little about the only planet in this existence where life exists. I beg your pardon but that’s not completely true. According to sacred Indian scriptures, there are places where life exists. I mean where gods live – don’t know whether humans also live there or not. Duh, here I go again. I should stop wondering about these things. I mean I am a physics guy, I should rather believe in evidence rather than some mythological thoughts. Coming back to the topic of this article – this gigantic blue shiny marble has still so many deep secrets to be unfolded. The mysteries of our mother earth will always be a riddle to be solved. Here are some latest and amazing Facts About Earth. Frankly speaking, there could be 10 or 20 interesting facts about earth or even more, but out of all of those, I will give you Earth Facts – Top 6 Interesting Facts About Earth. Stay sharp. Here we go for a ride….!!!!!
Earth Does Have A Name After Mythological God
A Day On Earth Is Getting Bigger And Bigger
|Because of Earth rotation, we have day and night on earth|
Credit: Te Awamutu Space Centre
Ok, you heard me right. A day on earth is getting bigger and bigger by each passing day. As for the current timeline, it takes 24 hours to complete a day. I hope you know that rotation of the earth on its axis makes a day on Earth. Plus earth rotates counterclockwise on its axis. Man seriously, what kind of inputs I am sharing with you. I mean every planet in our solar system rotates counterclockwise. Ahmm, nope; there are two exceptions – venus and Saturn. They rotate in a clockwise direction meaning – on Saturn and Venusian surface; the sun rises in west and sets in the east. Mind-blown. I never know why every time I get derailed from the topic of discussion.
Earth’s Tilt – The Reason For Change In The Seasons
|Monsoon season is being enjoyed by an Indian girl, thanks to the tilt of the earth|
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Well, none of us knows the reason behind the Tilt of the earth or how it is as it is. There are some controversial suggestions though. Some astronomers suggest that during the early age of our solar system, earth collided with some stellar object resulting in an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees. Frankly speaking, I could go on and on talking about the tilt of the earth or its Obliquity but I don’t wanna go there. You can read this article where I have explained each and everything in detail.
Earth Has More Than One Moon
|Giff of bean-shaped Horseshoe orbit of 3753 Cruithne from the perspective of Earth|
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Our planet earth has at least 4 stellar objects that linger around the earth. In the astronomical world, two of them are known as 3753 Cruithne and 2002 AA29. Both of them actually orbits around the sun but their orbital period is the same as of the Earth’s around the sun. That’s why these so-called moons, ahh let’s not call them moon, call them asteroids. That’s why these so-called asteroids are also known as co-orbital objects of earth. The diameter of 3753 Cruithne is roughly about 5 kilometers. On the other hand, the diameter of 2002 AA29 is about 20 to 100 meters (quite a small one). Both of these so-called moons are classified in the group of Near Earth Objects. When viewed from earth, they appear to follow horseshoe orbit around the sun. Now if I talk about the other two stellar objects, they are actually dust clouds that orbit around earth – known as Kordylewski Clouds or sometimes also called Earth’s Hidden Moons. They are situated at the L4 and L5 points (Lagrange’s Points) of the Earth-Moon System.
must read, Top 6 Interesting Facts About Moon
60 % Of Earth’s Population Lives On 30% Of Earth’s Landmass
|a pic of Chandani Chowk – one of the most crowded places of new Delhi, India|
Pheww…!!!! 60% of Earth’s population lives on 30% of Earth’s landmass. Really…!!! Any idea about which part of earth’s landmass I am talking about. Its Asia. I live in Asia, and for that reason, I know that it is drastically populated. Well, why not. I mean the world’s two most populous country is in Asia i.e China and India.
According to the official reports of the United Nations, out of the total world population i.e 7.8 billion, the population of India accounts for 1.3 billion i.e almost 17 % of the total world population. Currently, India is the 2nd most populous country in the world, just lagging behind China. As per future estimation, by 2050 India’s population will surpass China and will become the world’s most populous country.
As far as Asia is considered, currently, we are home to more than 60 % of Earth’s population. Well, if I talk about technicality, the correct figure would be 62.9 % of earth’s population, meaning out of total world population i.e 7.8 billion, the population of Asia accounts for 4.6 billion i.e almost 63 % of the total world population. In my view, there is no one to blame for that – I mean Asia is by far the largest continent having extremely diverse climate and geographic features. So I can wrap up by saying that Asia is best suited for human existence.
Aristotle Believed Earth Is Flat
|Representation of the geocentric model of the universe heavily influenced by Aristotelean physics|
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In the Aristotelian model of the universe or so-called Flat Earth Theory, the earth was the center of the universe, and all the planets, stars, and sun, I mean everything revolved around the earth. You can check this article to know more about it.
This flat earth theory went on for centuries, I mean from the dawn of human civilization on earth, everyone believed in flat Earth theory. But finally, this flat earth theory was debunked by the arrival of the sun-centered model of the solar system i.e sun is at the center of the solar system and all the other planets revolve around the sun, not earth.
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