Get a glimpse of Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, by downloading the Planet Mercury 3D screensaver. Although challenging to see from Earth, this software will introduce you to the planet's enigmatic attributes.
Mercury, which is about the same size as our moon, has a unique characteristic in that it travels around the Sun faster than any other planet, hence how it earned its name. It was named after Mercury, the swift messenger of the gods in ancient Greek mythology.
With a very thin atmosphere consisting of atoms blasted off its surface by the solar wind, Mercury's cratered surface appears very similar to the Moon. However, its temperature variations are the most extreme in the solar system, ranging from +427°C to -173°C, a nugget of information I found fascinating.
Despite being visible from Earth only just before sunrise or just after sunset, the Planet Mercury 3D screensaver allowed me to explore this mysterious planet in detail. I recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the amazing world beyond our own.
Version 1.1: A number of minor bugs have been fixed.
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