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  Mercury Mercury: Astronomy: Mercury - TRAVERSING THE SUN

TRAVERSING THE SUN

At rare intervals, observers can see Mercury cross in front of the Sun. The next two such transits of Mercury will occur on 7 May 2003 and 8 November 2006, and both will last about five hours.

 
 
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  Mercury Mercury: Astronomy: Mercury - Observation-OBSERVING MERCURY

OBSERVING MERCURY

From the Northern Hemisphere, Mercury is best seen at an evening apparition during March or April, and at a morning one in September or October. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the best evening apparitions come in September or October, and morning ones in March or April.) At these seasons.

 
 
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  Mercury Mercury: Astronomy: Mercury - FIRE AND ICE

FIRE AND ICE

In 1974 and 1975, the Mariner 10 spacecraft photographed about half of Mercury. It revealed an ancient Moon-like face with craters and scarps, but without the Moon's dark lava sheets. Mercury has an unusually large iron core, perhaps the result of a catastrophic collision early in its history that removed part of the planet's mantle.

 
 
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  Mercury Mercury: Astronomy: Mercury

MERCURY

Few skywatchers can boast of spotting Mercury on more than isolated occasions. How can a planet that becomes as bright as the brightest stars be so elusive?

 
 
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