Berkel (crater)

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Berkel three arrows.png
The two white arrows indicate neighboring bright craters, in contrast to Berkel's dark halo.
Coordinates13°36′S 333°30′W / 13.6°S 333.5°W / -13.6; -333.5Coordinates: 13°36′S 333°30′W / 13.6°S 333.5°W / -13.6; -333.5
Diameter21 km
EponymSabri Berkel

Berkel is a crater on the planet Mercury. It was approved by the IAU on July 9, 2009. It was named after the modernist painter Sabri Berkel.[1]

The crater contains dark material in its center and in a ring immediately surrounding it. Moreover, Berkel is surrounded by a blanket of bright ejecta and a system of bright rays. Other craters on Mercury’s surface, such as Basho, also exhibit both bright rays and dark halos. In contrast, two neighboring craters have bright rays but lack dark halos.[2]


  1. ^ "Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Berkel on Mercury". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)