Mercury, First Planet From the Sun: Latest Discoveries

Mercury is our solar system's smallest planet.
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The Brightest Planets in November’s Night Sky: How to See Them
Mercury in November 2014
November 11th, 2014
Get up early or stay out late to see some of the brightest planets in the night sky this month. The elusive planet Mercury begins November with its best morning apparition for 2014.
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First Photos of Water Ice on Mercury Captured by NASA Spacecraft
Kandinsky Crater on Mercury
October 15th, 2014
The images, taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, suggest that the ice lurking within Mercury's polar craters was delivered recently, and may even be topped up by processes that continue today, researchers said.
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Sunday Skywatching: See Mars Meet Its Rival Antares
Mars and its "rival," the red star Antares, will dance together in the night sky on Sept. 28, 2014.
September 27th, 2014
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
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See Elusive Planet Mercury Before Dawn Saturday
Mercury Sky Map for Nov. 1, 2014
October 30th, 2014
This week is one of the rare opportunities when Mercury is relatively easy to spot. It will mean getting up before the sun, but once spotted, you will be able to follow Mercury until it is drowned out by daylight.
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Did Huge Impact Shape Planet Mercury?
First high-resolution image of Mercury transmitted by the MESSENGER spacecraft (in false color, 11 narrow-band color filters).
July 6th, 2014
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
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Spacecraft Watched the Lunar Eclipse from Mercury
MESSENGER Mission in Mercury Orbit
October 19th, 2014
Last week's lunar eclipse wasn't just a show for Earthlings, NASA's MESSENGER mission was also watching from Mercury, 66 million miles away.
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Brightest Planets to See in October's Night Sky
See Mercury at the Beginning of October 2014
October 2nd, 2014
Look up to see planets parading across the sky this month. A series of planets, big and small, will reveal themselves to skywatchers on Earth, if weather permits.
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See the Moon, Mercury and Venus Before Sunrise Friday
Mercury and Venus, July 2014
July 24th, 2014
Mercury and Venus will star in an early morning meet-up with the moon Friday (July 24). Both planets can be seen low in the east-northeast roughly 45 minutes before sunrise.
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