Alencar (crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 63°30′S 103°30′W / 63.5°S 103.5°W / -63.5; -103.5Coordinates: 63°30′S 103°30′W / 63.5°S 103.5°W / -63.5; -103.5
Diameter 120 km
Eponym Jose de Alencar

Alencar is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 120 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1979. Alencar is named for the Brazilian novel writer Jose de Alencar, who lived from 1829-1877.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3. 
  2. ^ "Alencar". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 27 June 2012.