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How many hours are in a day on Mercury?

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There are 58 Earth days and 15 hours in one day on Mercury, which equates to just under 1408 Earth hours. In comparison, one Mercury year takes 88 Earth days.

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Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, and the smallest of the eight planets in the solar system. The temperature on Mercury ranges from minus 180 degrees Celsius at night to 430 degrees Celsius during the day. It has a similar size and terrain to Earth's moon, which is rocky, solid and marked by craters. It has no moons or rings, and was named after the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology.

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    Who discovered Mercury and when was it discovered?

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    Mercury is visible with the naked eye, hence ancient astronomers knew of its existence thousands of years ago. No single person is credited for discovering the planet.

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    From Earth, when can we see Mercury?

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    The best time to see Mercury is just after sunset in late winter and early spring and before sunrise in late summer and early fall. Mercury is cited as the most difficult to see of the five bright planets

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    How far away is Mercury from Earth?

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    According to Universe Today, when Mercury is at its closest point to Earth, it is approximately 48 million miles away, and at its farthest point, Mercury is approximately 138 million miles away from Earth. This difference is due to the fact that both Mercury and the Earth orbit the sun.

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    What is the weather like on Mercury?

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    There is no weather on Mercury because Mercury doesn't have much of an atmosphere. There is no wind, rain, snow, storms or clouds. However, during the day, the temperature can soar to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature can plummet to negative 290 degrees Fahrenheit.

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