Earth: There's no place like home

As a science fiction writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about what life on other worlds might be like. For Earth Day, let’s celebrate our special Earth by imagining how different life would be on an “average” planet. Night and day. The planets near the sun have long, long, days and nights, due to tidal forces. On Venus, the time from sunrise to sunrise is 117 Earthdays long. On Mercury, it’s 176 Earthdays! If Earth were tidally locked to the sun in a 3:2 ratio like Mercur