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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Selected new names for craters of Mercury


International Astronomical Union (International Astronomical Union, IAU) approved the names of the nine craters Mercury.

The choice of names was associated with the names of famous artists, writers, musicians, which is in accordance with the rules established for the geological structures IAU planet.


The announcement was made following the recent announcement that the Messenger spacecraft completed a map of Mercury's surface. Most of the new entity focused on the south pole of Mercury, this area was mapped last.

New names for these craters

Donelaitis (Donelaitis): named after the Lithuanian poet Kristijonas Donelaitis, the author of the poem "The Seasons"

Petofi (Petofi), named in honor of Sandor Petofi, the national poet of Hungary, who, moreover, was one of the leaders of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848

Roerich (Roerich): in honor of the Russian artist, writer, poet, scholar Nicholas Roerich, who in 1935 created the Roerich Pact and the Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments - the first international treaty to protect cultural heritage.

Hurley (Hurley): in honor of Australian photographer of the 20th century by James Hurley

Lovecraft (Lovecraft), named in honor of the American science fiction writer HP Lovecraft, who wrote in horror, fantasy, mystery, is the progenitor of the Cthulhu Mythos

Alver (Alver): in honor of the 20th century, the Estonian writer Betti Alver

Flayano (Flaiano): 20th century Italian playwright Ennio Flayano

Pahinui (Pahinui): Hawaiian musician of the 20th century Charles Pahinui

Langley (L'Engle): American author Madeleine Langley.

New craters added to the list, which consists of 95 other craters of Mercury.

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