Kw-logo-smaller

Planet Overview - Mercury

The Romans named Mercury after the fleet-footed messenger of the gods because it seemed to move more quickly than any other planet.

Mercury - What It's All About

This small, rocky planet is the closest to our Sun and the second smallest planet in our solar system. If Earth were a baseball, Mercury would be a golf ball. Mercury resembles our Moon, except without the face of the man. Hills and cliffs, which were made by meteorites, are covered by a thick layer of dust. This looks like nothing you've seen on Star Trek. The hills and cliffs are extremely high and if the sun didn't turn you into sizzlin' bacon, mountain climbing would be awesome.

Mercury - Fun Facts

  • Because Mercury is so close to our Sun, you'd think it was smokin' hot. The daytime side of the planet (the one facing the Sun) is like a dream come true for those fearless fire walkers, with temperatures of over 400 degrees C (752 degrees F). However, on the night side, you'd quickly turn into a popsicle because the temperature falls to -170 degrees C (-274 degrees F).
  • One of the few areas without craters is a large flat area called Caloris Basin. This flat section, 807 miles (1,300 km) in diameter, was created by an asteroid.
  • Meteorites constantly crash into the planet.
  • On Mercury, the sun looks black because the planet has no atmosphere to scatter the sunlight.
  • One day on Mercury is 176 Earth days.
Related Stories:
0 Comments

latest videos

F1142555276500

Which Planet Is Your Favorite?

  • Saturn, I like the rings.
  • Pluto, it sounds cute.
  • Earth, I live here and I like it
  • Mercury, it's nice and warm

related stories

What planet hasn't made an entire circle around the sun since it was discovered? That'd be Neptun...
Uranus is always picked on. It isn't named after a body part. And here's another tip. It's not pr...
It's the second largest planet in our solar system and it's named after a god! Read on about Satu...

Random in the forums

littlesweety123
"Jelly3" wrote: "littlesweety123" wrote: Mr.BoysRock50, Hmm i'm not telling u  wat do do and wat not to do  I'm just debating u and i too know wat is protein and even u can find it easily  in vegetables can't u?  ok then search for it in google   Just answering the last sentence, yes, there are proteins in pulses and vegetables, just not a lot. Non vegetarian food has way more proteins.   yes there r proteinsin non vedge but   u will get non vedge by buying it right  but dont forget  when u r giving money to the seller u will get chicken but there is no value for life of any living bieng
reply 4 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Debating:
"littlesweety123" wrote:Mr.BoysRock50,Hmm i'm not telling u  wat do do and wat not to do  I'm just debating uand i too know wat is protein and even u can find it easily  in vegetables can't u? ok then search for it in google Just answering the last sentence, yes, there are proteins in pulses and vegetables, just not a lot. Non vegetarian food has way more proteins. 
reply 9 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Say Anything:
"iamalive" wrote:5 Lol  If you're 5, that makes me 6 :p
reply 19 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in General:
Reading, family, friends, photography, music, holidaying, swimming, cycling, walking, kidzword, internet..the list goes on. 
reply 20 minutes
viti
viti posted in General:
"Jelly3" wrote: "viti" wrote: Phone I didn't say phone, I said phone case. xDok  
reply 25 minutes

play online games