Balzac (crater)

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Coordinates10°18′N 144°06′W / 10.3°N 144.1°W / 10.3; -144.1Coordinates: 10°18′N 144°06′W / 10.3°N 144.1°W / 10.3; -144.1
Diameter80 km
EponymHonoré de Balzac

Balzac is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 80 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976. Balzac is named for the French writer Honoré de Balzac, who lived from 1799 to 1850.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3.
  2. ^ "Balzac". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 30 June 2012.