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A New World for Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is one of the latest from the world of fine arts to be commemorated with his own crater on Mercury. He keeps good company with the likes of Prokofiev, Goethe, and Mendelssohn.

The Tolkien crater is about 30 miles across and located in Mercury’s northern polar region.  The crater name was approved along with eight others on August 6th by the International Astronomical Union.  IAU traditionally names craters on Mercury after individuals who have contributed to the arts.  A complete list of the new names can be found here.

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