Basho is the dark-rimmed crater in the extreme lower right, surrounded by bright rays
Bashō is a crater on Mercury named after Matsuo Bashō, a 17th Century Japanese writer. Bashō crater is only 74.62 kilometers (46.37 mi) in diameter, but is a prominent feature on Mercury's surface, due to its bright rays. Photographs from NASA's Mariner 10 and MESSENGER spacecraft show an curious halo of dark material around the crater.
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