planet eARTh in a Cosmic Universe
EARTH day.

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Hello Earthlings!

It is Earth Day and you are a passenger on spaceship EARTH, on a wild ride through space and time. Earth, the only inhabited planet far and wide, is located about 26,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It rotates around a yellow class G star. To create day and night, the Earth rotates on its axis at an incredible speed of 1,670 kilometers per hour (1,040 miles per hour) at the equator -- faster than the speed of sound in air.
The torque exerted by the Earth's rotation is huge, approximately 7.1×1029 Newton meters.
The planet's mass of about 5.97 × 1021 metric tons creates gravity that keeps you securely on its spherical surface, even when you visit Down Under. Earth's magnetic field protects you from the onslaught of cosmic radiation. The planet is in the 'Goldilocks Zone,' which keeps water liquid and life running. Your spaceship is in an elliptical orbit around the sun, with an astonishing speed of 30 kilometers per second (or about 107,700 km/h (67,000 miles per hour). Its orbital period is known as a sidereal year. One orbital period takes the Earth 365.25 days -- you know the period as a year. The journey has just begun.
While Spaceship Earth is safely on its path around the sun, it also moves around the center of the galaxy.
Earth, along with the rest of the Solar System, orbits around the center of the Milky Way at an average speed of about 220 kilometers per second (about 828,000 kilometers per hour or 514,000 miles per hour). The time it takes for Earth to complete one full orbit around the center of the Milky Way is approximately 225-250 million years. Over the course of its entire life, the Earth has only made about 20 revolutions around the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

And the journey continues; the Milky Way itself is on the move. The Milky Way, along with the hundreds of billions of stars it contains, is not stationary but rather moving through space. The galaxy is part of a larger cosmic structure known as the Local Group, which includes several dozen galaxies, with the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy being the largest members. Our galaxy, along with the rest of the Local Group, is gravitationally bound to an even larger structure called the Virgo Supercluster, which contains thousands of galaxies.


100+ of the world's most amazing countries

All Countries of the World

Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

Benin Tata somba village



Being offended by facts is a long human tradition.
Megan O'Keefe - Velocity Weapon

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

Inspirational Quote of the Week
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

No fear
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
Babe Ruth

Basic Rule
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but only transformed from one form to another.
The law of conservation of energy


Are you confused by all the conflicting messages that rush at us daily? You are not alone.

But be aware that this also happens to less educated people (like me) who are even less able to understand what interests are behind these messages.
Many people feel more and more helpless or ignore the obvious and run to the next strong man.
How can this be avoided in the future?

Education could help. Give the next generation a better chance. Teach them critical thinking, make them understand the connections.


World population by country

Languages of the World
Languages by Continent and the most widely spoken languages in the world.

World population by country

Population by Country
The latest population figures for each country are now available.

Black Music - En Vogue
A tribute to Black Music

In celebration of Black History Month (which should be every month), we've added a little more color, a few more artists and more music to our beloved List of Black Musicians, singers and songwriters, to remind us how much they've influenced the fabric of our global culture.

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