Enwonwu (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 9°54′S 238°24′W / 9.9°S 238.4°W / -9.9; -238.4Coordinates: 9°54′S 238°24′W / 9.9°S 238.4°W / -9.9; -238.4
Diameter 38 km
Eponym Ben Enwonwu

Enwonwu is an impact crater on the planet Mercury. It is named in honor of Ben Enwonwu, the modernist Nigerian sculptor and painter.[1] The crater displays a central peak and a set of bright rays emanating from the crater rim. The rays cross the surrounding surface and neighboring craters, indicating that Enwonwu crater was formed comparatively recently in Mercury’s history. The brightness of the rays also suggests relative youth, as over time rays darken and disappear on Mercury's surface.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Enwonwu: A Young Crater on Mercury Named for an African Modernist Artist". NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. February 3, 2009. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2011.