Magelhaens (Martian crater)

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Location of Magelhaens Crater.
Planet Mars
Region Phaethontis quadrangle
Coordinates 32°22′S 185°25′E / 32.36°S 185.42°E / -32.36; 185.42Coordinates: 32°22′S 185°25′E / 32.36°S 185.42°E / -32.36; 185.42
Diameter 105 km
Eponym Ferdinand Magellan
Magellan Crater via ESA

Magelhaens is an impact crater in the southern highlands of Mars, located at 32.36° south latitude and 185.42° west longitude and is in the northwesternmost area of the Phaethontis quadrangle. It is 105 km long and was named for Ferdinand Magellan, the 16th century Portuguese explorer.[1]

Magelhaens is located southwest of the volcanic region of Tharsis, it is surrounded by rocky peaks of unknown origin. These forms may be the result of tectonic movements in the Tharsis region, or of meteorite impacts.[2]

Nearby prominent craters include Mariner to the east-southeast and the smaller Kibuye to the northwest. Several depressions surrounds the crater, they are Gorgonum Chaos to the south-southeast and the Atlantis Chaos to the southwest just west of the rim.

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  1. ^ Magelhaens at page by IAU planetary names working party: retrieved 11.1.2014.
  2. ^ Magelhaens at News report on Magelhaens dated 1.7.2010: retrieved 11.1.2014.

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