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The Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China

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Great Wall of China

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Construction on the Great Wall of China started around 700 BC.

 

Contrary to popular beliefs, the Great Wall is not visible from the moon. Nor does it run in a single line.

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains in his Space Chronicles:

From the window of the International Space Station, which orbits at about 225 miles up, you might find London, Los Angeles, New York, or Paris, in the day time, not because you can see them, but because you learned where they are, in geography class.

At night, brightly lit mega cities present as patches of glow. By day, contrary to common wisdom, with the unaided eye you probably won't see the pyramids at Giza. And you certainly won't see the Great Wall of China. Their obscurity is partly the result of having been made from the soil and stone of the surrounding landscape.

And although the Great Wall is thousands of miles long, it's only about 20 feet wide; much narrower than the U.S. interstate highways you can barely see from a transcontinental jet.

 

Now, that's the view from the space station. But what's the distance between Earth and Moon?

NASA explains:

The moon is an average of 238,855 miles (384,400 km) away. How far away is that? Thatís 30 Earths.

 

Back to the Great Wall.

Best described as a complex building project, the Great Wall of China consists of many walls. These walls were built throughout the centuries and marked different borders at different times.

Here is the map:

 

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China 700 BC

 

 

 

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