Heine (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 32°36′N 124°06′W / 32.6°N 124.1°W / 32.6; -124.1Coordinates: 32°36′N 124°06′W / 32.6°N 124.1°W / 32.6; -124.1
Diameter 75 km
Eponym Heinrich Heine

Heine is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 75 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1979. Heine is named for the German poet Heinrich Heine, who lived from 1797 to 1856.[2] Nearly to the north is the Degas-Brontë crater pair with Degas with its ray system.

With Degas' ray system protruding in the southwest and northeast rims, the crater was impacted before Degas was impacted.


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