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Molière (crater)

For other uses, see Molière (disambiguation).
Molière (crater)
Planet Mercury
Coordinates

15°36′N 16°54′W / 15.6°N 16.9°W / 15.6; -16.9Coordinates: 15°36′N 16°54′W / 15.6°N 16.9°W / 15.6; -16.9

Diameter 132 km
Eponym Jean Baptiste Poquelin

Molière is an impact crater on the planet Mercury, 132 kilometers in diameter. It is located at 15.6°N, 16.9°W, south of the crater Rodin, southeast of the crater Abu Nuwas, and northeast of the crater Asvaghosa. The nearly circular rim of the crater is cut off into a flat edge on its southern and southwestern ends, and on its eastern side the rim is indented by a smaller crater. The crater is named for the 17th century French dramatist and satirist Molière. The name was approved by the International Astronomical Union in 1976.[1][2]

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