1/ The speed of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second. In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (metres per second – that is equal to 186,287.49 miles per second). 2/ It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth. 3/ October 12th, 1999 was declared “The Day of Six Billion” based on United Nations projections. 4/ 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment. 5/ The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph. 6/ Every year over one million earthquakes shake the Earth. 7/ When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, its force was so great it could be heard 4,800 kilometres away in Australia. 8/ The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986. 9/ Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.
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