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First Rock From the Sun

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Mercury is the smallest and closest to the Sun of the eight planets in the Solar System, with an orbital period of about 88 Earth days. Seen from the Earth, it appears to move around its orbit in about 116 days, which is much faster than any other planet. This rapid motion may have led to it being named after the Roman deity Mercury, the fast-flying messenger to the gods.

Since Mercury has almost no atmosphere to retain heat, Mercury’s surface experiences the greatest temperature variation of all the planets, ranging from 100 K (−173 °C; −280 °F) at night to 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) during the day. Mercury’s surface is heavily cratered and similar in appearance to Earth’s Moon, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

Mercury’s period of revolution around the Sun is 88 days. It therefore makes about 4.15 revolutions around the Sun in one Earth-year. Continue reading

Zodiac Signs In European Astrology


The word zodiac comes from the Greek for “ring of animals”. It refers to the pathway along which the planets orbit in the heavens. This circular band is technically called the ecliptic and is divided into 12 sections known as the astrological signs. Most of the signs are named after animals, hence “zodiac”.

Aries  (Ram) March 21 – April 20

Aries is symbolized by the horns of the Ram and represents the time of spring when the land is greening and the sap is rising. People ruled by this sign are assertive, impatient, open and direct.

  • Yang
  • Fire
  • Cardinal

Taurus (Bull)  April 21 – May 21 Continue reading

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