Imhotep (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 18°06′S 37°18′W / 18.1°S 37.3°W / -18.1; -37.3Coordinates: 18°06′S 37°18′W / 18.1°S 37.3°W / -18.1; -37.3
Diameter 159 km
Eponym Imhotep

Imhotep is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 159 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976. Imhotep is named for the Ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep, who lived from 2686 to 2613 BCE.[2]


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