Lighting Up Mercury’s Shadowy North Pole

by Jason Major November 27, 2012

Part of a stereographic projection of Mercury’s north pole Talk about northern exposure! This is a section of a much larger image, released today by the MESSENGER team, showing the heavily-cratered north pole of Mercury as seen by the MESSENGER spacecraft’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) instrument. See the full-size image below: Jason Major on […]

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“The Hobbit” Author Gets a Crater on Mercury

by Jason Major August 14, 2012

Here’s a little something to please fans of space, art and fantasy alike (and those who enjoy all three): on August 6 the International Astronomical Union approved names for 9 craters on Mercury, one of which is named for J.R.R. Tolkien, revered author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (among other seminal […]

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