Sobkou Planitia

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Sobkou Planitia
Planet Mercury
Coordinates 39°54′N 129°54′W / 39.9°N 129.9°W / 39.9; -129.9Coordinates: 39°54′N 129°54′W / 39.9°N 129.9°W / 39.9; -129.9
Eponym Egyptian messenger god Sobkou

Sobkou Planitia is a large basin on Mercury. It is named after an Egyptian crocodile (whose name is more usually transliterated Sobek) god among a diverse range of godly duties, he was associated by the Egyptians with the planet known today as Mercury.

The most prominent features within the plain itself are a pair of craters, similar in size to one another, known as Brontë (Mercurian crater) and Degas (crater). Brontë is the older of the two craters, and the impact the formed Degas has overlapped the edges of that older crater and spread a spray of rays across the southern regions of Sobkou Planitia and beyond.[1]

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