Planet Mercury

Mercury from MessengerMercury’s brave
close to the sun
lost in its glare
how quickly it runs

Catch a brief glimpse
near sunset or sunrise
bright twinkly planet
low in the skies

As the sun formed
threw gas & dust clear
Mercury got heavy metals
& a tough iron ore core

The smallest planet by far –
(just bigger than our moon)
dense solid & strong –
(Earth is densest of all)

Lobate scarps wrinkles
why does it need cream?
No, iron cools & contracts
left cliffs miles long & a mile high!

Full solid iron middle
possibly not after all
scientists now think Sulphur
gives it a molten core

Although next to the sun
Mercury’s not top of hot
Venus next door
is top of hot class

No atmosphere, low surface gravity
one face scorches at 427°C
the other freezes at -173°C
no weather or temp. regulator you see

(Almost) tidal locked to the sun –
slowed its orbit right down
Mercury’s day is
58 earth days long!

Revolves round the sun
it runs so fast
start to finish
in 88 days flat.

Mercury or Hermes
do you follow
Roman or Greek –
messenger to the gods
gotta get there quick.

– Kam and Mum 2015 ©

Planet Mercury
Planet Mercury

A Note to You and Me

Thank you for reading about Mercury.  We hope you enjoyed it.  If you like it please let us know, comments welcome – brings a smile to us. x.
We find out about the visible planets because Kam likes to look for planets in the sky.  Of course, one question leads to another and another ……

We’ve written about tidal locking in this post: Why do we See One Side of the Moon?

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4 thoughts on “Planet Mercury

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    • Kamtime May 27, 2015 / 20:38

      Thank you, I am pleased you’ve found it interesting.

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  2. lightwalker1 May 6, 2015 / 16:35

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    • Kamtime May 6, 2015 / 18:11

      You’re welcome & too kind! It’s a fun way to help us remember, I guess. x

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