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2,887. Venus and Mercury: two hostile planets that in the history of universe have suffered very different fates ... Both demonstrate the horrors of the planets that have gone horribly wrong. (Universe & Astronomy & Solar System & Venus & Mercury) The Universe: Inner Planets
2,894. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. The planet has no known moons. Mercury has no atmosphere. And it’s known as a Naked Eye planet ... Mercury is the solar system’s tiniest planet. (Universe & Astronomy & Solar System & Mercury) ibid.
2,895. The planet orbits the sun in eighty-eight Earth-days. (Universe & Astronomy & Solar System & Mercury) ibid.
2,896. A year on Mercury is shorter than a day on the planet. And this sluggish rotation gives Mercury somewhat peculiar weather. (Universe & Astronomy & Solar System & Mercury) ibid.
2,897. On Mercury you wouldn’t be able to hear the eruption. (Universe & Astronomy & Solar System & Mercury) ibid.
80,913. Its scarred face tells of duels with comets and asteroids. We see a small bleak world where gravity is too weak to hold on to an atmosphere. With no blanket to insulate, Mercury is a planet of temperature extremes. Solar Empire: A Star is Born
80,914. I had rather be Mercury, the smallest among seven [planets], revolving round the sun, than the first among five [moons] revolving round Saturn. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, cited Wood’s Dictionary of Quotations 1893
80,915. Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System (4,878 km diameter). Even three outer satellites are equal or larger than Mercury – Callisto (4,818 km diameter), Ganymede (another satellite of Jupiter) at 5,468 km diameter is significantly larger and the Saturnian’s Satellite Titan (5,150 km diameter) is also larger. Mercury is only 4,878 km in diameter, or about one-third the diameter of the earth. Its volume is only about 6% that of the Earth, so it would take almost 18 Mercurys to make one Earth. Robert Strom & Ann Sprague, Exploring Mercury: The Iron Planet 2003