Planet Mercury Facts
Mercury has a diameter of 3,031.67 miles, which is roughly 38 percent that of the Earth. Similarly, its total surface area is 0.147 times and mass is 0.055 that of our planet. Its total volume is only 5.4 percent that of the Earth. With that size, you can easily fit in 18 planets of the size of Mercury in the Earth. Enlisted below are more of such facts about this planet, which will add to your knowledge about it.
- Mercury is one of the four terrestrial planets in the Solar System; the other three being planet Venus, Earth, and Mars.
- Its gravity is very less compared to that of the Earth―around 38 percent to be precise, which means you will weigh mere 27 lbs on Mercury if you weigh 70 lbs on the Earth.
- It was named after the Roman god, Mercury, who was a messenger of Gods, as it appeared to move faster than the other planets.
- The elliptical path of the planet is such that it comes as close as 29 million miles to the Sun and goes as far as 43 million miles for the solar body.
- If you intend to see planet Mercury, the right time to do so is at twilight, when it shines as a bright star in the sky.
- Being so close to the Sun, it takes only 88 days for this planet to orbit the Sun. To put it in context, the Earth takes 365 days to do the same. That makes Mercury four times faster than our planet.
- When it comes to rotation, it takes Mercury 58 Earth days to complete one rotation, which means a single day on planet Mercury amounts to 58 Earth days.
- The surface of this planet is somewhat similar to that of the Moon―full of craters, which are believed to be caused by meteors and asteroid crashes.
- Even though it doesn't have an atmosphere, scientists believe that there do exist trace amounts of hydrogen, helium, sodium, and oxygen out there.
- As far as its composition is concerned, it is made up of 70 percent metallic and 30 percent silicate material. Its iron core is 42 percent of its total size.