Fun Space Facts for Children: Mercury, the Speedy Planet

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The Planet Mercury

Name: Mercury rushes around the Sun in eighty-eight days.  So, ancient Romans watching the night sky named this speedy planet after Mercury; their messenger God, (the same God in Greek myth is called Hermes).  Statues of the God Mercury often show him with a winged helmet and winged feet.

Diameter: 3,032 miles; 4879.53 kilometers

Length of Day:  30 Earth Days

Fun Mercury Facts: It’s the second smallest planet in the solar system, after tiny Pluto.  It’s also the planet that is closest to our Sun.

If you ever visit, bring a helmet!  Mercury’s surface looks a lot like our Moon, full of craters.  That’s because like the Moon, there’s no atmosphere and it keeps getting pelted by asteroids.

Mercury also plays a starring role in the third book of Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.  Amelia, and Uglesnoo visit Mercury in Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon,
enjoying another incredible adventure as they continue their space quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister!

Next post: Fun facts about our Sun.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon.  These are the first three books in, Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures, an
exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 6-10).
Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Now Available!
Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon


Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs
of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

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“Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.”Kirkus Reviews

“…This third book is even more original, fun and creative! With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.”
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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.”  —Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”-

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