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Mercury

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Mercury
Distances:
From Sun: 58 000 000 km
From Sun: 0.4 AU
Orbit:
An orbit is "once around" to the exact same place again.
Days:
Mercury does not turn as fast as the Earth, so one day on Mercury is actually
59
Earth days.
Discovered by:
Unknown

It is easy to see Mercury with your eyes without a telescope so it has been seen for all of recorded history as a "wandering star."
Gravity:
Because Mercury is so small, you only would way
40%
of your Earth weight.
Temperature:
Maximum Temperature: 465 °C




Minimum Temperature: -184 °C
Circumference:
Mercury's circumference is only
15 326 km around!
MASS
Mercury is so small that it is
5%
as big as the Earth, or it is
0.05 Earths
big.
Name:
Mercury
Named After
:
Hermes
the Greek
messenger
God.
Orbit (Earth Days):
88
Orbit Circumference: 223 700 000 km
(this is the total distance traveled around the Sun)
Atmosphere:
Mercury is too close to the sun to have any form of atmosphere. Any atmosphere would be immediately blown away by the solar wind.
Surface:
Craters, Plains and basins
Compare the size (not the distance)
Moons:
Rings:
Magnetic Field:
yes
none
none
How to see Mercury:
It can only be seen at
certain times of the year, and only before or after sunset.
Messenger Probe
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