By; Blizz Jones Mercury
Mercury ! • Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury is about the same size as our Moon. It is very close to the Sun. Mercury travels around the Sun faster than any other planet. That is how it got its name.
Mercury ! • Mercury is the planet nearest to the sun. It has a diameter of 3,031 miles, about two-fifths the Earth's diameter
Mercury ! • The sun appears 2 and a half times larger in Mercury's sky compared to the Earth's. • If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you would only weigh 37 pounds on Mercury.
Mercury ! • Mercury has virtually no atmosphere. It however has small traces of an atmosphere which consists minute quantities of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Sodium, Potassium and argon.
Mercury ! • Because of the lack of atmosphere, Mercury's sky is black and the stars probably can be seen during the day. • It takes less than 88 Earth days for Mercury to orbit around the sun. • Because of a lack of an atmosphere, the temperature rises above 800°F while on the dark side it falls rapidly to -300°F.