Mercury is a heavy, silvery metal that is liquid between -38 degrees Fahrenheit and 674 degrees Fahrenheit at normal atmospheric pressure. It is extracted by heating cinnabar, a red ore that is a compound of mercury and ... More »

The nickname for the element mercury is "quicksilver." Mercury's atomic symbol, Hg, is derived from the Greek word "hydrargyrum," which means "liquid silver." It is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature. More »

Because Mercury is one of the five visible planets to the naked eye, its original discovery is indeterminable. It was known during prehistoric times and was mentioned in the second millennium B.C. by Sumerians. More » Science Chemistry Atoms & Molecules

Mercury does freeze; its freezing point, according to Denver University, is -38.9 degrees Celsius (-38.02 degrees Fahrenheit). The idea that mercury does not freeze may be related to the fact that mercury is used in ther... More »

Mercury has a boiling point of 674.11 degrees Fahrenheit or 356.73 degrees Celsius. Mercury has a melting point of minus 37.89 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 38.83 degrees Celsius. It is classified as a metal on the periodi... More »

The average temperature on Mercury is 332 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest temperatures on the planet can reach 801 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures can drop to as low as -279 degrees Fahrenheit. More » Science Astronomy

Mercury thermometers do not work below the freezing point of mercury, which is minus 38.83 degrees Celsius or minus 37.89 degrees Fahrenheit. Mercury vapors and physical contact with mercury are very dangerous. Breakage ... More »