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Our planet in the solar system with the following traits:

Size: 7,926 miles wide (12,756 km)

Location in Solar System: 3rd from the sun 

Distance from Sun: 93 million miles (150 million km)

Year (length of revolution around sun): 365 days

Day (length of rotation): 24 hours

Landscape: Earth's crust is made up of shifting tectonic plates that move over a thick, rocky mantle. 75% of it is covered with water. It is tilted on its axis creating seasons. It has active volcanoes and is the only planet with life. It's atmosphere is made up of nitrogen and oxygen. The range of temperatures around the planet average 57.2°F (14°C)

Moons: 1 moon


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Next Generation Science Standards Connection

ESS1. A  The universe  and its stars
ESS1. B   Earth and the solar system
Patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be bserved, described, and predicted

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