NSN Webinar: MESSENGER at Mercury: Exploring an Enigmatic Planet

NSN Webinar: MESSENGER at Mercury: Exploring an Enigmatic Planet

  • Daytime Event
  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
NSN Members, joined Dr. Larry Nittler on Monday, April 18, 2016 at to learn about the highlights from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and many of its exciting scientific results

As the smallest planet in our solar system, and the closest to the Sun, Mercury represents an end-member of planetary formation processes. Although visible to the naked eye, it is difficult to study due to its proximity to the Sun. Astronomical observations from Earth and a brief visit by a spacecraft in the early 1970s revealed Mercury to be a highly unusual and intriguing planet, with a higher density than other worlds and an Earth-like magnetic field, despite being much smaller than the Earth. NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years (2011-2015) and returned a wealth of data about the innermost planet's geology, geochemistry, magnetic and gravity fields, exosphere and magnetosphere. This presentation included highlights of the mission and many of its exciting scientific results.

Video of the webinar is now available below.

Mercury will transit the Sun on the morning of Monday, May 9. For more information on this relatively rare phenomenon, check the links below.

Our friends at the Cincinnati Observatory have issued a Transit of Mercury challenge called Shoot the Messenger. Photograph the transit, and submit your image to help document this event. More information at the link below.
 

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MESSENGER at Mercury: Webinar Recording

Video from our webinar with Dr. Nittler.

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