Why was the planet Mercury named Mercury?

Answer In Roman mythology, Mercury was the god of commerce and travel; his Greek counterpart was Hermes, messenger of the gods. The planet Mercury was probably named after the god because of its quick pas... Read More »

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What Is a Mercury ARC Lamp?

A mercury arc lamp is a type of light source that uses liquid mercury and an inert gas, such as xenon or argon, to produce a bright light. Mercury arc lamps are usually only used in certain fields ... Read More »

What is the average temperature of Mercury?

The planet Mercury has an average temperature of 167 degrees Celsius or about 333 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA. Although Mercury has small amounts of various gases, its atmosphere is consi... Read More »

What is the value of a U.S. Mercury stamp?

A 1962 U.S. Project Mercury stamp is worth 50 cents or less in average condition. With a "First Date of Issue" cancel from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the stamp is worth considerably more--up to $20.Sour... Read More »

What kind of planet is Mercury?

Mercury is a terrestrial (rocky) planet. The other terrestrial planets in our solar system are Venus, Earth and Mars. Of the terrestrial planets, Mercury is the smallest and has the oldest surface,... Read More »