Mithra Patera

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A screenshot of an area including Mithra Patera, from NASA World Wind.

Mithra Patera is a patera, or a complex crater with scalloped edges, on Jupiter's moon Io. It is about 34 kilometers in diameter and is located at 59°00′S 266°28′W / 59.0°S 266.46°W / -59.0; -266.46 (Mithra Patera). It is named after the Persian god of light, Mithra. Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1985.[1][2] To the north is Silpian Mons, and to the east is Pyerun Patera. Located southwest is Viracocha Patera.[3]


  1. ^ "IO NOMENCLATURE". Retrieved October 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "USGS Astro: Planetary Nomenclature: Feature Data Search Results". USGS Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature Feature Information. Retrieved October 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ NASA World Wind 1.4. NASA Ames Research Center, 2007.