Mercury

Mercury

Danielle Martinez, Writer, poet

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Mercury holds the reward for the smallest and most innermost planet. It is about 3,030 miles in diameter, and its distance from the Sun can range from 29 million miles to 43 million miles.  Although Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, its surface can still be extremely cold. During the day, the temperature can reach a scorching 840°F, but at night, temperatures can get as low as -275°F. Speaking about day, one day on Mercury (the time it takes for it to spin once with respect to the stars) takes 59 Earth days. One day-night cycle on Mercury takes 176 Earth days.  A year on Mercury is equivalent to 88 Earth days.

 

Other Interesting Facts:

  • Mercury does not have any moons
  • Mercury is a rocky planet, similar to Earth’s moon
  • No evidence for life has ever been found on Mercury
  • The Sun would appear more than three times larger than it does on Earth
  • Mercury does not have any rings
  • Earth is 2.6x bigger than Mercury
  •  The planet was named after the Roman messenger god Mercury.

 

 

 

Works used:

Kramer, Miriam. “10 Strange Facts About Mercury (A Photo Tour).” Space.com, Space, 28 Jan. 2015, www.space.com/27013-strange-mercury-facts-photos.html.

“Mercury Facts – Interesting Facts about Planet Mercury.” Space Facts, space-facts.com/mercury/.

Glaze, Lori, et al. “Overview.” NASA, NASA, solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mercury/overview/.

Glaze, Lori, et al. “In Depth.” NASA, NASA, solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mercury/in-depth/.