Texas Celestial Series #2 - Earth LbNA # 23407
|Placed Date||Jul 2 2006|
|Found By||The Bear Team|
|Last Found||May 12 2009|
Texas Celestial Series #2 - Earth
Seen from a vantage point in space, the planet is an amazing sphere composed of blues, greens, browns, and whites. As the planet rotates and darkness falls over the orb, lights twinkle and spread their glow into the night, while on the opposite side, the Sun lights and warms the lands below.
Earth, own home planet, is the only planet in our solar system known to harbor life – life that is incredibly diverse. Under a thin layer of atmosphere that separates us from the uninhabitable void of space are all the things we need to survive. Composed of complex, interactive systems, life on Earth is often unpredictable. Air, water, land, and life forms – including humans – combine forces to create a constantly changing world that we strive to understand.
Earth is the third planet from the Sun at a distance of 92,955,820 miles and the fifth largest in the solar system. Our four seasons are a result of Earth's axis of rotation being tilted more than 23 degrees.
Oceans at least 4 km deep cover nearly 70 percent of Earth's surface. Near the surface, air that consists of 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, and 1 percent other ingredients envelops us. This atmosphere affects Earth's long-term climate and short-term local weather; shields us from nearly all harmful radiation coming from the Sun; and protects us from meteors as well - most of which burn up before they can strike the surface. Satellites have revealed that the upper atmosphere actually swells by day and contracts by night due to solar activity.
Looking out into space, one can observe spiral galaxies, a planetary nebula known as the “Cat’s Eye,” young stars being born 5600 light years away, or The Whirlpool Galaxy, discovered in 1773 and more than 37 million light-years from Earth. While these sights mystify the mind, one only has to turn their eyes to Earth to know that we are unique among thousands – Earth supports life and we are that life.
Directions: The letterbox is located at the cemetery in Earth, Texas. Earth is located in northwestern Lamb County in the Texas Panhandle. From the intersection of Hwy. 70 and FM 1055 travel 1 mile east toward Springlake (on Hwy. 70). Turn north on CR 159 and travel approximately ½ mile. The tree-lined cemetery will be on your left. Turn into the main gate and park. There are three “roads” through the main part of the cemetery going from front to back. One road is from the main gate, one is to your right and one to the left.
Clues: Walk to the road on your right and head toward the NW corner of the cemetery. You will see a new section of the cemetery further to your right. Stay on the road heading to the NW corner of the cemetery. You will pass a small utility shed past the tree line on your right. The box is located under some stones at the tree which “creates” the NW corner.
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