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Fact: How Heavy Is The Earth ?

How Heavy Is The Earth ?

Now despite science coming forward in leaps and bounds the simple question of how much the Earth weighs isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Certainly placing the earth onto a massive set of weighing scales isn’t an option. So how do we measure the total weight of the earth ?

Well scientists initially went about this task by trying to estimate the weight of a very large mountain and then simply scaling that figure up. However this method led to some peculiar results and since then the mathematics and calculations involved have changed taking into consideration further factors such as the volume and overall density of the planet.

If you combine the above with weighted samples of various parts of the planet scientists have come up with a more accurate number which they believe to be around 6 quadrillion kilograms. Mind boggling to say the least but if you think that’s a big number don’t forget to check out our article on the number Googol.

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    Posted on 17th May 2010

    my birthday is on january 28 :D ohh wait… its summer… dammit.

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    Posted on 17th May 2010

    i live in jersey… oh gawd. im dumb. i hope theres no creepers on here. lmaooo. my names lexxy… if ya havnt noticed. (: ima labled as a ”scene-girl” har-har-har <.<

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    Posted on 31st May 2010

    all very interesting, however what if this universe that we live in was the quantum physics of another hugley bigger universe ,how much would we weigh then to the giants of of exoverse ? answears on a postcard please .

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 10th June 2010

    It was great reading all of your information! So i guess it’s safe to say i weigh more than the earth because of the gravitational pull and the earth doesn’t? Or should we choose a place on earth, calculate the gravitational force, and use the calculation as a basis for the earth and everything else to big to sit on a scale? Just my thoughts!

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    Posted on 16th June 2010

    i think that it is true i hav researched it on loads of sites and got exactly the same answer sooo it is correct xxx

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 2nd July 2010

    Because due to the atmospheric pressure of the earth in the blood of the human beings surrounding air coms to an still and if it is so u cant measure the earths wieght because anything in space dont have weight.
    DID ANY ONE UNDERSTAND IT .
    Iam a student of MSC PHYSICS

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 5th July 2010

    I think that is not true…. For me,Arriana is correct the earth measures only 109.72560 grams. :D

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 5th July 2010

    Am i correct? <3

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 1st August 2010

    “Newtons is a measure of force used for gravity calculations.” Thats what weight IS. Its the measure of gravitational FORCE. Kilograms are a measure of mass. Mass and weight are often used interchangeably, but theyre actually very different….There for

    ACTUAL mass of the Earth = 6 x 10^24 kg.

    Earth is about 6quadrillion kg or 6×10^24kg.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 28th August 2010

    The force of gravity attracting me to the earth equals the force pulling the earth to me… Therefore I “weigh” the same as the earth! Lol

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 23rd September 2010

    and what mountain was used?

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 30th September 2010

    hey People Does Anyoe Have Weed They Could Give Me Fuck This Earth Its Goin To Shit Already.WHERES MY WEED

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 5th October 2010

    This is science physics site, contribute your good ideas not vulgarities please

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 21st October 2010

    We need a super giant scale that can hang from space. Then we need a super long bungie cord that can wrap around the earth. Then we need Nasa to build a super strong lifting device that can attach to the super giant scale and lift the earth. Only then we can truly know the weight of the earth.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 30th November 2010

    @adam:

    1e24 is indeed a quadrillion.

    Only for the retarded (by 200 years) americans who are still using the old system based on 1e3 exponents. An american quadrillion is only 1e12.

    But for the rest of the world using the System International, one quadrillion is 10^24.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 27th December 2010

    I don’t understand how one could measure the earth . There are only a few people that are able to see the whole earth and they could be wrong on those measurements. Right? I need answers

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 25th January 2011

    it is 6 * 10^24 power. :)

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 8th February 2011

    MASS, not weight…

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 28th February 2011

    Does anyone read these comments?

    The comment by Unknown is very inappropriate and so is some of the language in some of the other posts.

    I went on line to get science facts for my child for school – why do people feel it is alright to put garbage like this on line on sites that are aimed for children?

    These are the people that make controls like screening information a necessity before being posted, costing others in time and energy and potentially financially.
    Unfortunately, it is clear that these controls need to be considered on this site for those who are not considerate of others.

    This is a sad commentary on how a few peoples inappropriate actions cause people to have to look at controls for everyone, even the majority of people, whose actions are appropriate and in truth need no controls.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 1st March 2011

    wow the earth is huge your all quite rong the earths mass is inpossible to tell the earth is getting heavier every second your all crazy you would need to be a mad and sane scientist

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 8th March 2011

    facts r interesting

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 4th April 2011

    so how heavy is the earth??

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 6th April 2011

    Approximately 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 6th April 2011

    6 sextillion tons. Just Some Dude may have made a typographical error in his spelling, but yes it is a real word/numerical period.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 1st June 2011

    science really amazing!superb 2 study

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 4th June 2011

    hmmm….interesting..

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 30th June 2011

    Superbly ilulminating data here, thanks!

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 12th September 2011

    The weight of the earth is “1″ of earth you must have something to compare it to.

    As in the earth is -1.0X10^6 sols (compared to the sun) 1,000,000,000 earths would
    fit in the sun…..

    Weight off of (above or out there) the surface of earth has to be compared to another body of mass

    Gravity only occurs as mass bends space more mass more bend more gravity….

    Scotch helps with ice and water

    Best of luck

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 25th September 2011

    it’s so interesting

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 2nd October 2011

    i think its true

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 13th October 2011

    g = 9.81 m/s2 ACTUAL mass of the Earth = 6 x 10^24 kg. = 58.86 x 10^24 kg

    you can not be more detailed than that unless you decide to go and calculate the change in mass that is occuring due to space debries or any other number of things. it is just an estimate because all your numbers are estimates and are constantly changing.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 14th November 2011

    because Earths facts are awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 15th November 2011

    The earth doesn’t weigh anything. Objects in a state of free fall or orbit are said to be weightless.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 22nd November 2011

    you stupid people why would you even go on this site i went here by accident morons

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 22nd December 2011

    The earth does weigh somethinng the Sun is pulling on the earth with gravity or we would not be orbiting it…so the earth does have a weight how can somebody forget about the sun…plus the moon is pulling on the earth there’s all kinds of gravity affecting the earths mass….

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