Lessing (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 28°42′S 89°42′W / 28.7°S 89.7°W / -28.7; -89.7Coordinates: 28°42′S 89°42′W / 28.7°S 89.7°W / -28.7; -89.7
Diameter 100 km
Eponym Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Lessing is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 100 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1985. Lessing is named for the German writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, who lived from 1729 to 1781.[2]


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