|Orbital Period||88 days|
|Distance from the Sun||Semi-Major Axis: 57,909,050 km (0.39 AU)|
Perihelion: 46,001,212 km (0.31 AU)
Aphelion: 69,816,888 km (0.47 AU)
|Rotation Period||1,407.5 hours|
|Mean Surface Temperature||445 K (172°C)|
|Parent star||The Sun, yellow dwarf star|
|Other planets in this system||Venus, terrestrial planet|
Earth, terrestrial planet
Mars, terrestrial planet
Jupiter, gas giant
Saturn, gas giant
Uranus, ice giant
Neptune, ice giant
Numerous dwarf planets, asteroids and other bodies
|Notes||A rocky, heavily cratered world, Mercury is the innermost of the Solar System's planets, following an orbit around the Sun at a little more than a third of Earth's distance.|
A view of the barren, cratered world of Mercury.
The second smallest of the planets in the Solar System, whose orbit
carries it the closest to the Sun. Mercury is a barren, desolate world, not unlike
Earth's Moon in general appearance.
Sunrise over Rodin, a double crater in the northern hemisphere of Mercury.
This image represents the view from within the first, larger crater: the second, deeper
crater is also clearly visible.
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