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Earth is the third planet from the Sun in our solar system. It is the only planet — or, indeed, the only place in the universe — that we know harbors life.

Scientists estimate the age of the Earth to be approximately 4.57 billion years. This is roughly one third of the estimated age of the universe, 13.7 billion years. These estimates directly contradict the views of young earth creationists that the universe (including Earth and its life) was created by God 6,000 to 10,000 years ago in accordance with the book of Genesis.

In some religions the Earth is worshiped as a deity.

Center of the Universe

It was previously thought that the Earth was at the center of the universe. From a person on Earth, they would see the stars and planets moving. Naturally, being the young humans, they assumed that the Earth was at the center of the universe and everything moved around it. This formed the basis of the Catholic church believing that the Earth was at the center of the universe. Scientists such as Copernicus and Galileo theorized later on that the Earth was not at the center of the universe, but was revolving around the Sun. The scientists who did support this position were attacked and prosecuted by the Christian Church.

In the late 1900's and the early 2,000's, the Pope officially recognized that the Earth was revolving around the sun and regretted how they have acted against Galileo and other scientists.

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