- Mercury is the runt of our solar system, but despite its small size, it’s a literal world of secrets. One remaining question might come as a surprise: We still aren’t quite sure what Mercury’s surface is like.
- That’s where Aug. 21’s total solar eclipse comes in.
- Part of the problem is that only two spacecraft have ever visited Mercury. Another major factor is that the planet is particularly difficult to study from Earth. Since it’s so close to the sun, it’s rare to be able to see Mercury without also seeing the sun, as that can only be done during short periods of time as the sun is rising or setting. And looking at both at once is pretty much a non-starter: The sun is so bright that its light masks Mercury.
- So the solar eclipse is an unusual opportunity to study Mercury with minimal interference from the sun. And one team of astronomers is seizing that opportunity in a very dramatic way. Read more. (8/3/2017 12:30 PM)
From 8:45 PM to 5:30 AM... I have finally read the entirety of the Master List except for the short fics, and i only stopped because it's formatted really weird on my phone. I have to say, I absolutely adore all of these headcanons, there's so much beautiful fluff I couldn't stop myself from spending hours upon hours reading them! I really enchoi your works~ Keep on doing as you do, and I wish you the best <3