Named for the Roman messenger of the Gods, Mercury is unique among the planets of our solar system. A planet of extremes, its relative proximity to the sun and lack of atmosphere causes enormous differences in temperature on opposite sides of the planet. Smaller than the largest moons in our solar system, it is also considerably more massive. Its 88 day orbital period is the shortest of any of the planets in our solar system.
What is Mercury made out of? How was it formed? These are some of the subjects we’ll explore, along with discussing the Mariner 10 and Messenger spacecraft which flew by the first planet from the sun, and what they learned there.
Night Vision: Mercury is presented live by Paul Gibbs on Thursday, April 6th and Saturday, April 8th, at 6:45pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tickets are just $2 for the public and free for members of Clark Planetarium.