Interesting Facts about Mercury

Published Monday, April 20, 2009 11:56 AM
  • smallest planet and closet to the sun
  • most eccentric orbit of all the planets
  • slightly larger than Earth's moon
  • no moons (the sun would pull any object away from Mercury's gravity)
  • no seasons (axis is not tilted)
  • the sun would look almost 3 times as big if you were standing on Mercury
  • one day on Mercury is 59 Earth days
  • one year on Mercury is 88 Earth days (shortest year of all planets)
  • greatest temperature variance (from -279° F during the night to 801° F during the day)
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