Ma Chih-Yuan (crater)

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Ma Chih-Yuan
Planet Mercury
Coordinates 60°24′S 78°00′W / 60.4°S 78.0°W / -60.4; -78.0Coordinates: 60°24′S 78°00′W / 60.4°S 78.0°W / -60.4; -78.0
Diameter 179 km
Eponym Ma Zhiyuan

Ma Chih-Yuan is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 179 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976. Ma Chih-Yuan is named for the Chinese playwright Ma Zhiyuan, who lived in the 13th century CE.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3. 
  2. ^ "Ma Chih-Yuan". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 4 July 2012.