Sinan (crater)

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A black and white screenshot of an area on Mercury including Sinan, from Mariner 10 imagery.
Coordinates15°30′N 19°48′W / 15.5°N 19.8°W / 15.5; -19.8Coordinates: 15°30′N 19°48′W / 15.5°N 19.8°W / 15.5; -19.8
Diameter147 km
EponymMimar Sinan

Sinan is an impact crater on the planet Mercury, 147 kilometers in diameter. It is located at 15.5°N, 29.8°W, northeast of the crater Yeats and southeast of the crater Li Po. It has one craterlet on the south-southwestern side of the crater floor, and it has a symmetrical pit slightly west of the center. Together with a smaller unnamed crater on its southern border, the crater Sinan forms a shape similar to that of the spade found in card games. The crater is named after Mimar Sinan, a 16th-century Turkish architect. The name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976.[1][2]


  1. ^ "USGS Astro: Planetary Nomenclature: Feature Data Search Results". USGS Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature Feature Information. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
  2. ^ NASA World Wind 1.4. NASA Ames Research Center, 2007.