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Earth or the Earth



Hi, I always thought that Earth is the only one and we always should use THE before it but during my study I have found examples without it. May you write me why? Is it a reason for it? 


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Both forms (with and without the definite article) appear frequently in publications; in some contexts, only one works, in others, both seem to work:
'Earth' is the name of our planet. As a name, it cannot have a definite article: (Planet) Earth is further from the sun than (planet) Mars.
 'the earth' would suggest that there are other 'earths', and we are referring to the one we live on: The ISS rotates as it circles the earth.
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