Mercury, The First World in The Solar System. The planet that is closest to The Sun. It's years are short but it's days are not.Mercury, The hot rock of speed and mythological legend. Mercury, The First World.
The First World's Start
Mercury hath been around for 35.98 Million Earth Years. 4.5 Billion years, The gas and dust that would go on to become Mercury was pulled in together by gravity. Today that gas and dust is a solid rock known as Mercury.
Mercury's Unique qualities
Mercury's close proximity to The Sun makes its years very short relative to The Earth, only lasting 88 Earth days. To put that in perspective a typical University semester is 75 Earth days. It's days must be very short, right? Strangely, no! A day of Mercury is 176 Earth days. That's right, a day of Mercury is longer than a year on Mercury. So it revolves around The Sun faster than it rotates all the way around, because of this, Mercury's Days are Extremely Hot and Mercury's Nights are Extremely cold. During a Day on Mercury, Mercury's surface temperature can reach 801 degrees Fahrenheit or 427 degrees Celsius. Mercury's surface temperature at Night can be negative 290 degrees Fahrenheit or negative 180 degrees Celsius. Mercury is a weird planet by Earth's standards.
The Roman god Mercury
The First World received its title from The Roman god Mercury, Mercurius. Mercury, in mythology, was known for being the god of shopkeeping and merchants, travelers and transporters, & thieves and tricksters. The planet like The Roman god is known for it's/his speed. The Roman god Mercury, like it Greek equivalent Hermes, was the messenger of the gods.
Mercury is a strange world that flips our very notion of days and years on it's head. It proves that The Universe does not conform to Man's set notions of time and that we shouldn't be so narrow in thought when we study Space. Space is not always what we see and when we study Space, we should consider all possibilities, for the weirdest most unlikely solution, may be the correct answer.
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