Mercury is the closest world to the sunlight. Because of this, it circles around the sunlight quicker than all the various other earths, which is why the Romans called it after their swift-footed carrier god.

The Sumerians likewise recognized of Mercury given that at the very least 5,000 years earlier. It was commonly related to Nabu, the god of writing, according to a website attached to NASA’s CARRIER objective. Mercury was likewise provided different names for its look as both an early morning celebrity and also as a night celebrity. Greek astronomers recognized, nonetheless, that both names described the exact same body, and also Heraclitus, around 500 B.C., properly believed that both Mercury and also Venus orbited the sunlight, not Planet.