Is there water in the form of ice on planet Mercury?

  1. Doctor Atom profile image56
    Doctor Atomposted 6 years ago

    Is there water in the form of ice on planet Mercury?

    Do you believe that there might be ice on the planet nearest to the Sun(that is Mercury),as scientists claim?.The surface temperatures on the planet are estimated to be over 400 degrees Celsius.

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  2. Volitans profile image82
    Volitansposted 6 years ago

    There probably is. The average surface temperature of Mercury is very high, but that reading is just an average. There are two ways that ice can form on Mercury:

    First, Mercury's days are very long - one day on Mercury is about 55 days on Earth. This also means that the nights on Mercury are very long. Unlike the Earth, Mercury doesn't have an atmosphere to trap heat, so almost all of Mercury's temperature is caused by the sun. Without sunlight, it can get very cold on Mercury's night side.

    Second, Mercury is covered in deep craters. There are parts of these craters, particularly near Mercury's poles, that are permanently shielded from the sun's rays. These parts can get very cold, allowing ice to form and collect.

    1. Doctor Atom profile image56
      Doctor Atomposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the explanation

 
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