Hovnatanian (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 7°36′S 187°30′W / 7.6°S 187.5°W / -7.6; -187.5Coordinates: 7°36′S 187°30′W / 7.6°S 187.5°W / -7.6; -187.5
Diameter 34 km
Eponym Hakob Hovnatanyan

Hovnatanian is a crater on Mercury. Its “butterfly” pattern of ejecta rays were created by an impact at an even lower angle than that which formed neighboring Qi Baishi crater. From the "butterfly" pattern of rays, the Hovnatanian impactor was travelling either north-to-south or south-to-north prior to hitting Mercury's surface.[1]