Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the planet we call home. You cannot grasp the full beauty of Earth unless it is viewed from outer space. Earthrise is photo taken by astronaut William Anders. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken."

About Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets. It is sometimes referred to as the world, the Blue Planet, or by its Latin name, Terra. Earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago by accretion from the solar nebula, and life appeared on its surface within one billion years. The planet is home to millions of species, including humans. Earth's biosphere has significantly altered the atmosphere and other abiotic conditions on the planet, enabling the proliferation of aerobic organisms as well as the formation of the ozone layer, which together with Earth's magnetic field blocks harmful solar radiation, thus permitting formerly ocean-confined life to move safely to land. The physical properties of the Earth, as well as its geological history and orbit, have allowed life to persist.

Contributions by Bryan Derksen, Lir, and Cantus.

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