Cleopatra (crater)

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Cleopatra (crater)
Cleopatra crater on Venus.jpg
Radar image of Cleopatra
Planet Venus
Coordinates 65°48′N 7°06′E / 65.8°N 7.1°E / 65.8; 7.1Coordinates: 65°48′N 7°06′E / 65.8°N 7.1°E / 65.8; 7.1
Diameter 105 km
Eponym Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra is an impact crater on Venus, in Maxwell Montes.

Cleopatra is a double-ring impact basin about 100 kilometers (62 mi) in diameter and 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) deep. A steep-walled, winding channel a few kilometers wide (Anuket Vallis) breaks through the rough terrain surrounding the crater rim. A large amount of lava originating in Cleopatra flowed through this channel and filled valleys in Fortuna Tessera. Cleopatra is superimposed on the structures of Maxwell Montes and appears to be undeformed, indicating that Cleopatra is relatively young.[1]

The crater is named after Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII. Initially it was called Cleopatra Patera.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Catalog Page for PIA00149
  2. ^ "Cleopatra Patera". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN). 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Cleopatra". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN). 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-10-16.