Janáček (crater)

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Janáček
Planet mercury
Coordinates 56°00′N 153°48′W / 56.0°N 153.8°W / 56.0; -153.8Coordinates: 56°00′N 153°48′W / 56.0°N 153.8°W / 56.0; -153.8
Diameter 47 km
Eponym Leoš Janáček

Janáček is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 47 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1985. Janáček is named for the Czech composer Leoš Janáček, who lived from 1854 to 1928.[2] The MESSENGER Mercury orbiter crashed near the crater on April 30, 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3. 
  2. ^ "Janáček". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mercury Messenger Mission Ends with a Smashing Finale". Universe Today. April 30, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015.