Gainsborough (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 36°06′S 183°18′W / 36.1°S 183.3°W / -36.1; -183.3Coordinates: 36°06′S 183°18′W / 36.1°S 183.3°W / -36.1; -183.3
Diameter 100 km
Eponym Thomas Gainsborough

Gainsborough is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 100 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1985. Gainsborough is named for the English painter Thomas Gainsborough, who lived from 1727 to 1788.[2]


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