Bernini (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 79°12′S 136°30′W / 79.2°S 136.5°W / -79.2; -136.5Coordinates: 79°12′S 136°30′W / 79.2°S 136.5°W / -79.2; -136.5
Diameter 146 km
Eponym Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Bernini is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 146 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976. Bernini is named for the Italian architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who lived from 1598 to 1680.[2]


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