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Mercury Planet Poster

   

The Planet Posters make great science posters for any classroom.

 

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Planet Mercury Poster Information

Poster comes in one size- 43cm x 60cm / 17in x 23.6in.
Posters are printed on high quality "Photo-Matt PP" paper and laminated on both sides. They can be washed with a wet rag and detergent and are near tear-proof.
Discounts available for schools, teachers and museums on orders of 5 or more. We can also print custom sizes. Email us on Contact page for more details.

 

Planet Information:

Perihelion: (Closet to Sun) 46,001,200 km
Scientific Notation: 0.3075 A.U.
By Comparison: 0.313 x Earth
Aphelion: (Furthest from Sun) 69,816,900 km
Scientific Notation: 0.4667 A.U.
By Comparison: 0.459 x Earth
Equatorial Radius: 2,439.7 km
Scientific Notation: 2.4397 x 103 km
By Comparison: 0.3825 x Earth
Mass: 330,220,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Scientific Notation: 3.3022 x 1023 kg
By Comparison: 0.055 x Earth
Sidereal Rotation Period: (Length of Day)
58.646 Earth days / 1407.5 hours
By Comparison: 58.64 x Earth

Sidereal Orbit Period: (Length of Year)
0.241 Earth years / 87.97 Earth days
By Comparison: 0.241 x Earth
Min./Max. Surface Temperature: -173°C / 427°C
Scientific Notation: 100/700 K
Satellites: (Moons) None

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A large poster sized print of Mercury. Photo was updated on Oct. 6, 2008 when Messenger completed its second fly-by of the planet.
Image from poster of the Kuiper crater on Mercury. First imaged by the Mariner 10 mission in the 1970s, but not in such detail as this image from Messerenger.

 

Planet Notes:

The orbit of Mercury remained unexplained until 1915, when Albert Einstein used his new theory of gravity, General Relativity, to correctly predict the orbit. He explained the orbit was affected by a warp in space-time caused by the Sun's gravity.

 

Image Notes:

On Oct. 6, 2008, at 4:40 a.m. ET, MESSENGER successfully completed its second flyby of Mercury. The next day, at about 1:50 a.m. ET, the images taken during the flyby encounter began to be received back on Earth. The spectacular image shown here is one of the first to be returned and shows a WAC image of the departing planet taken about 90 minutes after the spacecraft’s closest approach to Mercury. The bright crater just south of the center of the image is Kuiper, identified on images from the Mariner 10 mission in the 1970s. For most of the terrain east of Kuiper, toward the limb (edge) of the planet, the departing images are the first spacecraft views of that portion of Mercury’s surface. A striking characteristic of this newly imaged area is the large pattern of rays that extend from the northern region of Mercury to regions south of Kuiper. This extensive ray system appears to emanate from a relatively young crater newly imaged by MESSENGER, providing a view of the planet distinctly unique from that obtained during MESSENGER’s first flyby. This young, extensively rayed crater, along with the prominent rayed crater to the southeast of Kuiper, near the limb of the planet, were both seen in Earth-based radar images of Mercury but not previously imaged by spacecraft.

 

Image Credit:

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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