Shahryar (crater)

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Shahryar crater, Enceladus.jpg
Shahryar crater (center)
Location 58°19′N 227°30′W / 58.32°N 227.5°W / 58.32; -227.5[1]
Diameter 24 km (15 mi)[1]
Discoverer Voyager 2
Naming Shahryār; Persian king

Shahryar is a crater in the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Shahryar was first seen in Voyager 2 images, but was seen at much higher resolution by the Cassini spacecraft. It is located at 58.3° North Latitude, 227.5° West Longitude and is 24 kilometres (15 mi) across.[1] Despite being nearly the same size as the nearby Sindbad crater, Shahryar does not exhibit a dome-like structure on its floor, suggesting it has not undergone significant viscous relaxation. In addition, there is very little evidence that it has experienced tectonic deformation, suggesting that Shahryar is a relatively young crater.

Shahryār is named after the king from Arabian Nights, who is told tales by Scheherazade to dissuade him from continuing to kill women.


  1. ^ a b c "Enceladus: Shahryar". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 

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