Written and Illustrated by Eve Polvay
The Orbit of Mercury
What is the temperature on Mercury?
Is Mercury hot or cold? Unlike Earth, Mercury has no atmosphere. An atmosphere is like a blanket. It protects the planet from being too hot and too cold. Because of this, Mercury is either very hot or very cold. The temperature range is from 872 degrees Fahrenheit to -298 degrees Fahrenheit. Mercury has the greatest temperature range out of all the planets. So, Mercury is both hot and cold!
Looks Like the Moon
Mercury looks a lot like Earth’s moon. Just like Earth’s moon, Mercury is marked with craters. Most of the craters were formed by meteorites and comets crashing into it. The largest crater is Caloris Basin which is 800 miles wide! Though Mercury has a lot of craters it also has large, flat plains. The iron cored planet is a very interesting planet.