Mercury to be nearest point from Sun on Tuesday

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Mercury to be nearest point from Sun on Tuesday

The smallest planet of our solar system planets "Mercury" will reach the nearest point in its orbit around the sun (perihelion) on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 9:35 Am Doha local time; where Mercury will be at 46 Million Kilometers approximately from the sun's center; while it was at 70 Million Kilometers from the sun's center on Sunday, July 10, 2019. Qatar Calendar house (QCH) announced.

Astronomer expert at QCH "Dr. Beshir Marzouk" said, Mercury reaching to perihelion point (nearest point from Sun) every 88 days, where it was reached perihelion point last time on Friday, May 24, 2019, while it will reach perihelion point again on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

As known, Mercury (and all planets) moves in its orbit around Sun on Ellipse (elliptical) orbit, so Mercury's distance from the Sun's center varies, where Mercury's distance from the Sun's center is 46 Million Kilometers at perihelion (nearest point from the Sun), while it's become 70 Million Kilometers at aphelion (farthest point from the Sun), while the average distance between Mercury and Sun is 58 Million Kilometers approximately. So, astronomers mentioned that the varies of Mercury's distance from the Sun between 46 Million and 70 Million Kilometers means that Mercury's surface receives over twice as much energy from the Sun at perihelion point as compared to aphelion point. 

Dr. Beshir Marzouk added, residents of Qatar country and Arabic area countries will not have the chance to seeing or observing Mercury tomorrow; because it will be very close to the Sun, moreover, the time rise of Mercury over Qatar sky will be at 4:04 Am Doha local time, while the Sunrise time over Qatar sky on Tuesday will be at 5:10 Am Doha local time. 

As known, Mercury is the nearest planet from the Sun in our solar system and it's one of the inner (solid) planets in our solar system, added, it has no atmosphere, and no moons move around Mercury.  

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