Picasso (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 3°18′N 309°54′W / 3.3°N 309.9°W / 3.3; -309.9Coordinates: 3°18′N 309°54′W / 3.3°N 309.9°W / 3.3; -309.9
Diameter 133 km
Eponym Pablo Picasso

Picasso is a crater on Mercury. It has drawn scientific attention because of the large, arc-shaped pit crater located on the eastern side of its floor. Similar pits have been discovered on the floors of several other Mercury craters, such as Beckett and Gibran. These pits are postulated to have formed when subsurface magma subsided or drained, causing the surface to collapse into the resulting void. If this interpretation is correct, pit-floor craters such as Picasso provide evidence of shallow magmatic activity in Mercury's history.[1]

It is named after the Spanish painter and modern artist Pablo Picasso.