Nāwahī (crater)

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Nawahi crater.png
the hills and rugged terrain to the left of Nawahi in the image are part of the Caloris basin rim. A portion of Munch is visible to the right of the image.
Planet Mercury
Coordinates 36°06′N 214°54′W / 36.1°N 214.9°W / 36.1; -214.9Coordinates: 36°06′N 214°54′W / 36.1°N 214.9°W / 36.1; -214.9
Diameter 34
Eponym Joseph Nawahi

Nāwahī is a crater on Mercury. Nawahi crater is located within the large Caloris impact basin. The unusual dark material creating a halo around Nawahi makes this crater of special interest, as the dark material likely represents rocks with a different chemical and mineralogical composition than those of the neighboring surface.[1] The crater is named after Hawaiian patriot and painter Joseph Nāwahī.[2][3]


  1. ^ http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?page=1&gallery_id=2&image_id=278
  2. ^ Moore, Patrick; Rees, Robin (2014). Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-139-49522-6. OCLC 881293376.
  3. ^ Altonn, Helen (November 23, 2008). "Heavenly honor bestowed on Nawahi". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Honolulu. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2009.