Close up of Earth.
Source: NASA
Published: August 20, 2018

Version D of the Earth installment of our solar system poster series.

Back of Earth Poster includes size and orbit diagram.
Optional back with a brief summary and orbit diagram.

The posters are best printed on 11x17 paper. Several download options are available in the column on the right.

About the image: In 2002, NASA scientists stitched together strips of natural color images of Earth, collected over four months from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. Credit: NASA's Earth Observatory

On the Back

Earth—our home planet—is the third planet from the Sun, and the only place we know of so far that’s inhabited by living things.

While Earth is only the fifth largest planet in the solar system, it is the only world in our solar system with liquid water on the surface. Just slightly larger than nearby Venus, Earth is the biggest of the four planets closest to the Sun, all of which are made of rock and metal.

The name Earth is at least 1,000 years old.

All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. However, the name Earth is a Germanic word, which simply means “the ground.”

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