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Giovanni Schiaparelli

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Mercury on its axis turns like the Moon:
One side has lasting day, the other night;
One side in everlasting fire doth swoon;
While th'other hides forever from the light.
Originally in Latin; translated by Agnes Mary Clerke (1842–1907)
Quoted in Sky and Telescope, March 2011, p. 33

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