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5 More Fascinating Facts about Planet Earth

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Earth Is Itty Bitty

It’s no secret that the Earth is smaller than the Sun, but the contrast is outrageous. An impressive 109 Earths could fit along the face of the Sun. However, while that may be a big number, it’s nothing compared to the approximately 13 million Earths that could fit inside our Sun as a whole.

(This is considering volume only and not taking shape into account, as adding smaller spheres to a larger sphere leaves a great deal of empty space.)

Even when maintaining the spherical shape, you could still fit around 960,000 Earths in the Sun. On top of its tremendous size, the Sun contains 333,000 times the mass of Earth and comprises 99.8 percent of the mass in our solar system.

It’s still not anywhere near the largest star out there. The yellow dwarf Betelgeuse is roughly 500 times larger than the Sun. Now compare this to the size of Earth and, suddenly, we seem unbelievably small. Our planet really is just a speck in the universe.
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