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It is named for Florence Nightingale, an English nurse. Coronae are conventionally named for goddesses: however, when it was first discovered it was thought to be a crater, and named accordingly. It was only in 1983, when it was more closely observed by the radar imaging equipment aboard the Venera 15 and Venera 16 spacecraft, that its true nature became apparent.
- foulger, p. 850.
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