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The Earth is the third planet from the Sun in our Solar System. It is the planet we evolved on and the only planet in our Solar System that is known to support life. The Earth is about 7,926 miles (12,756 km) in diameter; it is the fifth-largest planet in our Solar System. The Earth's mass is about 5.98 x 1024 kg. Earth is the densest planet in our Solar System. To escape the Earth's gravitational pull, an object must reach a velocity of 24,840 miles per hour (11,180 m/sec).

The Earth's atmosphere is a thin layer of gases that surrounds the Earth. It composed of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.9% argon, 0.03% carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases.

The Earth has one moon. The moon is about one quarter of the diameter of the Earth. The moon may have once been a part of the Earth; it may have been broken off the Earth during a catastrophic collision of a huge body with the Earth billions of years ago.

On average, the Earth orbits at 93 million miles (149,600,000 km) from the Sun. The Earth is closest to the Sun (this is called perihelion) around January 2 each year (when we are 91.4 million miles = 147.1 million km from the Sun); it is farthest away from the Sun (this is called aphelion) around July 2 each year (when we are 94.8 million miles = 152.6 million km from the Sun).

Each day on Earth takes 23.93 hours. Each year on Earth takes 365.26 Earth days (that is, it takes the Earth 365.26 days to orbit the Sun once). The Earth's rotation is slowing down very slightly over time, about one second every 10 years.

The Earth's axis is tilted from perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic by 23.45°. This tilting is what gives us the four seasons of the year: Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn. Since the axis is tilted, different parts of the globe are oriented towards the Sun at different times of the year; this affects the amount of sunlight each receives.

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