Sunday, January 30, 2011

9 Days to Visit 8 Planets and a Dwarf: Mercury - Thief In The Night - First Planet 1/23/11

Mercury - Thief In The Night - First Planet
John Millis
From John Millis, your Guide to Space / Astronomy

"I saw young Harry, with his beaver on,
His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm'd,
Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury,
And vaulted with such ease into his seat
As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds,
To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus
And witch the world with noble horsemanship."
King Henry IV. Part I. Act iv. Sc. 1.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Welcome to your tour of the planets. Let's start with Mercury.
Fascinating Fact 
Mercury is wrinkled. In the young days of the solar system, after mercury was formed and had cooled, its core shrank. this caused the outer layer (the crust) to buckle, creating giant wrinkles called scarps.
Mercury Information, Images and Resources
Basic Mercury Information 
Mercury, the Roman god of commerce was also the messenger of the gods. His namesake planet is the closest to the sun. Learn more.
Detailed Mercury Information 
Delve deeper into the planet closest to the Sun.
Mercury Quiz 
Test your knowledge about Mercury.
Mercury Images 
Since it's so close to the sun, we often have trouble seeing it. Check out these images of the first planet.
Mercury Resources 
Mercury orbits closest to the Sun of all the planets, and is the second smallest. Mercury's diameter is 4,879 km (3,032 mi), and its volume and mass are about one-eighteenth that of Earth. Discover links relating to Mercury.
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