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What’s the connection between the planet Mercury and Bangladesh?

  • Published at 07:58 PM July 16, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:14 PM July 29, 2017
What’s the connection between the planet Mercury and Bangladesh?
The Abedin crater on the surface of Mercury NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Nasa honoured the greatest painter in the history of Bangladesh by naming a crater on Mercury after him in 2008

Did you know that a crater on Mercury is named after a famous Bangladeshi painter? If you did, props to you. If you did not, well, no big deal.

In 2008, Nasa’s Messenger spacecraft performed a flyby around Mercury and discovered a series of craters near its northern region.

One of the more larger craters was named after the father of Bangladeshi modern art – Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.

The Abedin crater on the top-left corner of the image as part of the Victorian quadrangle in the northern hemisphere of MercuryNASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The Abedin crater on the top-left corner of the image as part of the Victoria quadrangle in the northern hemisphere of MercuryNASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The Abedin crater is 110km in diameter and has a smooth floor, which makes it stand out from its neighbouring craters

The crater was named after the 20th century painter from The Dictionary of Art. Nasa honoured Zainul among several other painters and writers by naming the newfound planetary locations.

The International Astronomical Union approved the name among several others in 2009.

The planet Mercury, as observed by the Messenger spacecraft NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The planet Mercury, as observed by the Messenger spacecraft NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

 

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