Feeling Small Today?

Something to consider this Monday. If you were to drive around Mercury at the equator, you would travel about 9,525 miles. A trip around the Earth’s equator would clock about 12,450 miles on the odometer or just shy of five flights from SFO to JFK. The extreme ultraviolet (EUV) telescopes of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission captured stunning images of Mercury last week as it transited the Sun. Mercury is actually smaller than it appears with the sun as a backdrop. This is due to our position relative to Mercury and the Sun. This time-lapse video of Mercury’s transit provides a glimpse into the size of our Sun and its features.

Other facts about Mercury:
Mercury is the smallest plant in our solar system.
It take 88 Earth days for Mercury to orbit the Sun twice.
For every two orbit of the Sun, Mercury revolves 3 times.
One day on Mercury is equivalent to 176 days on earth.
The temperature on Mercury varies from -280 degrees F to 800 degrees F.
Hope you are all having a great Monday!

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