Mercury: The Dark-Side Temperature

  title={Mercury: The Dark-Side Temperature},
  author={Thomas Lee Murdock and Edward P. Ney},
  pages={535 - 537}
The planet Mercury was observed before, during, and after the inferior conjunctions of 29 September 1969 and 9 May 1970 at wavelengths of 3.75, 4.75, 8.6, and 12 microns. The average dark-side temperature is 111� � 3�K. The thermal inertia of the surface required to fit this temperature is close to that for the moon and indicates that Mercury and the moon have very similar top surface layers. 
The planet Mercury (1971)
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Model atmospheres for Mercury based on a lunar analogy
Similarities in daytime spectral reflectivities and nighttime infrared emissions from Mercury and the moon are shown to imply that the atmosphere of Mercury must be tenuous, like that of the moon.
Solar wind‐Mercury atmosphere interaction: Determination of the planet's atmospheric density
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Solar wind interaction with Mercury
With the exception of its higher density, the planet Mercury is almost equivalent to the moon in many of its physical properties with respect to the solar wind interaction with it. At Mercury's
Thermal radio emission from the surfaces of Venus and Mercury
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The microwave phase effect of Mercury.
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