Astronomy:Pickering (Martian crater)

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Pickering Crater lava flow, as seen by HiRISE. Click on image to see details at edge of flow
RegionPhaethontis quadrangle
CoordinatesCoordinates: 33°06′S 132°30′W / 33.1°S 132.5°W / -33.1; -132.5
Diameter115 kilometres (71 mi)
Viking Orbiter image with Pickering at right

Pickering Crater is a crater in the Phaethontis quadrangle on Mars, located at 33.1° south latitude and 132.5° west longitude. It is 115 kilometres (71 mi) in diameter.

Lava flow fronts are visible within the crater, and the source of the lava is Arsia Mons. The lava has flowed around the central peak of the crater.[1]

The crater was named after several people: Edward Charles Pickering, American astronomer (1846–1919); his brother William Henry Pickering, American astronomer (1858–1938); and Sir William Hayward Pickering (unrelated), New Zealand-American engineer (1910–2004).[2]

See also


  1. NASA SP-441: VIKING ORBITER VIEWS OF MARS, Viking Orbiter Imaging Team, 1980, chapter 5 (Volcanic Features)
  2. "Pickering (Martian crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.