Chaikovskij (crater)

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Coordinates7°24′N 50°24′W / 7.4°N 50.4°W / 7.4; -50.4Coordinates: 7°24′N 50°24′W / 7.4°N 50.4°W / 7.4; -50.4
Diameter171 km
EponymPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Chaikovskij (sometimes Tchaikovsky) is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 171 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1976. Chaikovskij is named for the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who lived from 1840 to 1893.[2]


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