10 Planetary Facts for Earth Day 2014
Astronomer Phil Plait has put together some fun facts about our planet in honor of today’s Earth Day, such as, “What does the Earth have that no other planet we know of has? A lot of water on the surface - nearly a third of the planet.”
Read more at Slate - and Happy Earth Day!
Time zones at the International Date Line
This is a particularly strange part of the International Date Line, far from a straight line. This is mainly due the country of Kiribati, an island country which spans three time zones (+12, +13 and +14).
There’s a 26 hour time difference between the Line Islands of Kiribati (+14) and the uninhabited US territories of Baker and Howland Island (-12).
You may also notice the International Date Lines passes through the Samoan Islands. Just 70km between the country of Samoa and US unincorporated territory of American Samoa. Samoa switched from -11 to +13 in 2011, while American Samoa stayed at -11.
I made this image for my latest YouTube video about time zones.