Miracle of Life

When viewed from the perspective of cosmic eternity, the miracle of life on Earth becomes all the more precious. Magnificent planet Earth becomes all the more divine.



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Behold majestic planet Earth. Treasure life on Earth.

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The Local Galactic Neighborhood

The Solar System is the local galactic neighborhood where humans reside. Through space exploration, humans have begun sizing up their small corner of space—and beyond.

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Sun

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Mercury

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Venus

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Earth

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Mars

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Jupiter

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Saturn

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Uranus

8

Neptune

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Pluto

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Description Sun Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto
Mean Distance from Sun 1 (Metric kilometers) Not Applicable 57,909,227 km 108,209,475 km 149,598,262 km 227,943,824 km 778,340,821 km 1,426,666,422 km 2,870,658,186 km 4,498,396,441 km 5,906,440,628 km
Mean Distance from Sun 2 (English miles) Not Applicable 35,983,125 miles 67,238,251 miles 92,956,050 miles 141,637,725 miles 483,638,564 miles 886,489,415 miles 1,783,744,300 miles 2,795,173,960 miles 3,670,092,055 miles
Mean Distance from Sun 3 (Astronomical Units) Not Applicable 0.38709927 A.U. 0.7233357 1.000 A.U. 1.523662 A.U. 5.2028870 A.U. 9.53667594 A.U. 19.189165 A.U. 30.069923 A.U. 39.482117 A.U.
Mean Orbit Velocity 1 (Metric kilometers per hour) Not Applicable 170,503 km/h 126,074 km/h 107,218 km/h 86,677 km/h 47,002 km/h 34,701 km/h 24,477 km/h 19,566 km/h 16,809 km/h
Mean Orbit Velocity 2 (English miles per hour) Not Applicable 105,946 mph 78,339 mph 66,622 mph 53,858 mph 29,205 mph 21,562 mph 15,209 mph 12,158 mph 10,444 mph
Mean Orbit Velocity Note Not Applicable 1.590 x Earth 1.176 x Earth Not Applicable 0.808 x Earth 0.438 x Earth 0.324 x Earth 0.228 x Earth 0.182 x Earth 0.157 x Earth
Equatorial Circumference 1 (Metric kilometers) 4,370,005.6 km 15,329.1 km 38,024.6 km 40,030.2 km 21,296.9 km 439,263.8 km 365,882.4 km 159,354.1 km 154,704.6 km 7,231.9 km
Equatorial Circumference 2 (English miles) 2,715,395.6 miles 9,525.1 miles 23,627.4 miles 24,873.6 miles 13,233.3 miles 272,945.9 miles 227,348.8 miles 99,018.1 miles 96,129.0 miles 4,493.7 miles
Surface Area 1 (Metric square kilometers) 109.2 x that of Earth 0.3829x Earth's 0.9499 x Earth's Not Applicable 0.532 x Earth 10.9733 x Earth 9.1402 x Earth 3.9809 x Earth 3.8647 x Earth 0.1807 x Earth
Surface Area 2 (English square miles) 2,347,017,636,988 square miles 28,879,000 square miles 177,697,463 square miles 196,936,994 square miles 55,742,106 square miles 23,713,907,537 square miles 16,452,636,641 square miles 3,120,894,516 square miles 2,941,431,558 square miles 6,427,806 square miles
Surface Area Note 11,917.607 Earths 0.147 x Earth 0.902 x Earth Not Applicable 0.283 x Earth 120.414 x Earth 83.543 x Earth 15.847 x Earth 14.980 x Earth 0.033 x Earth
Surface Gravity 1 (Metric square meters per second) 274.0 m/s² 3.7 m/s² 8.87 m/s² 9.80665 m/s² 3.71 m/s² 24.79 m/s² 10.4 m/s² 8.87 m/s² 11.15 m/s² 0.66 m/s²
Surface Gravity 2 (English square feet per second) 899.0 ft/s² 12.1 ft/s² 29.1 ft/s² 32.041 ft/s² 12.2 ft/s² 81.3 ft/s² 34.3 ft/s² 29.1 ft/s² 36.6 ft/s² 2.2 ft/s²
Surface Gravity Note 27.96 x Earth's surface gravity 100 pounds on Earth = 38 pounds on Mercury 100 pounds on Earth = 91 pounds on Venus Not Applicable 100 pounds on Earth = 38 pounds on Mars 100 pounds on Earth = 253 pounds on Jupiter. 100 pounds on Earth = 107 pounds on Saturn 100 pounds on Earth = 91 pounds on Uranus 100 pounds on Earth = 114 pounds on Neptune 100 pounds on Earth = 7 pounds on Pluto
Escape Velocity 1 (Metric kilometers per hour) 2,223,720 km/h 15,300 km/h 37,296 km/h 40,284 km/h 18,108 km/h 216,720 km/h 129,924 km/h 76,968 km/h 84,816 km/h 4,428 km/h
Escape Velocity 2 (English miles per hour) 1,381,756 mph 9,507 mph 23,175 mph 25,031 mph 11,252 mph 134,664 mph 80,731 mph 47,826 mph 52,702 mph 2,751 mph
Sidereal Rotation Period 1 (days) 25.38 Earth Days 58.646 Earth Days -243.018 Earth Days 0.99726968 Earth Days 1.026 Earth Days 0.41354 Earth Days 0.444 Earth Days -0.718 Earth Days 0.671 Earth Days -6.387 Earth Days
Sidereal Rotation Period 2 (hours) 609.12 Hours 1407.5 Hours -5832.4 Hours 23.934 Hours 24.623 Hours 9.92496 Hours 10.656 Hours -17.23992 Hours 16.11000 Hours -153.29280 Hours
Surface Temperature 1 (Metric Celsius) 5,500 °C -173/427 °C 462 °C -88/58 (min/max) °C -153 to +20 °C -148 °C -178 °C -216 °C -214 °C -233/-223 °C
Surface Temperature 2 (English Fahrenheit) 10,000 °F -279/801 °F 864 °F -126/136 (min/max) °F -225 to +70 °F -234 °F -288 °F -357 °F -353 °F -387/-369 °F
Description Sun Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto
Table Credit: NASA


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Enter the Human Factor

What about Earth's human caretakers? How are they going to act? How are they going to conduct themselves? Will they ever get their collective acts together and proceed to transform Earth into some form of Heaven for the living to enjoy each day? I think that they will.

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The paradox of humankind is this: It is an infinitely intelligent species. In a very short span of time, the human species has amassed and impressive stock of knowledge and wisdom. The human species has excelled in its dominion over the natural world. The human species has emerged as the pre-eminent life form on Earth. Yet, if it is the fate of the human species to go extinct on some future date, then its high intelligence just might be the trigger to a chain of events that ultimately would lead to its demise.

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