Astro Biz: Portland Mercury

Portland MercuryMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the Portland Mercury, an alternative news weekly that is a cousin to The Stranger of Seattle. Both are published by Index Newspapers LLC, based in Seattle.

Mercury has been a popular name for newspapers over the years, given that the Roman god Mercury is the patron god of communication, what with the great speed on winged feet. Mercury also has a variety of other bailiwicks.

You may have guessed that we chose the Portland Mercury this week because of yesterday’s transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun (and also because we shot the photo above during a recent trip to the Rose City.) We had clear skies for much of the transit and viewed it successfully from Seacrest Marina Park in West Seattle.

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