Please go help,
You sweet sidekick!
Pass him sun-block!
Can’t you see,
The sun’s too close to Mercury…
Jupiter Dear? It’s your mother,
Make some shade for your brother!
Mercury’s way too hopping hot,
Your shade will really help a lot!
Saturn grab your dark sunglasses,
Every time the sunlight passes,
Mercury’s feeling such a fright,
Scared that he will lose his sight!
Planet Mercury, looked quite sad,
He was really feeling bad…
I don’t want to be a bother,
To my siblings or my father,
But I’m so close to the sun
And that’s not always too much fun…
Mercury is the planet that is closest to the sun and it is the smallest planet in the solar system (Now that Pluto is considered a dwarf planet).
It takes Mercury 87.9 Earth days to orbit the sun and it rotates once every 58.6 days. It is one of the four rocky planets (along with Venus, Earth, Mars) and it has no moons.
Although Mercury is closer to the sun than Venus, Venus still has hotter average temperatures, but Mercury is no slouch when it comes to heat. Temperatures can get as high as 800 degrees (426 C ) on its surface. Things can also get quite chilly on Mercury, with temperatures dipping to -250F (-156 C).
Watch Mr. R.’s Planet Song