ROMANIAN NAMES IN THE SKY. ROMANIAN NAMES ON MERCURY. Recently (April 2008) a crater on Mercury was named after the Romanian poet: Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889). Eminescu crater is 125 km in diameter. It is an interesting crater that seems to have formed more recently than the rest of the
Recently (April 2008) a crater on Mercury was named after the
Romanian poet: Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889).
Eminescu crater is 125 km in diameter. It is an interesting crater
that seems to have formed more recently than the rest of the
craters on Mercury. Chains of small craters are found around the
crater Eminescu. They were formed by fragments that were
detached from the asteroid that formed the crater Eminescu. In the
center of the crater a circular mountain chain can be seen.
Position of Eminescu crater on Mercury
The first Romanian name on Venus is the poet Elena Văcărescu
She lived in France but was born in Romania.
The crater, located in the southern hemisphere of the planet, has a
diameter of 31.5 km. Even if Elena Văcărescu lived between 1866
and 1947, the crater received her name in 1994. This crater is at the
edge of a mountain range called Saul on his back.
Position of Văcărescu crater on Venus
The only crater with a Romanian name on the moon is called Haret, after the mathematician-astronomer Spiru Haret (1851-1912).
As ministry of education, Haret issued a decree for the
establishment of the Astronomical Observatory of Bucharest.
The crater is 29 km in diameter and is located in the
hemisphere that can not be seen from Earth, near the
Moon's South Pole. In the vicinity of Haret crater there are
dozens of large craters that have no names.
Position of Haret crater on the moon
The first asteroid named after a Romanian artist, 6429 Brancusi
(Romanian sculptor known throughout the world) still revolves
around the sun. It was discovered in 1971 at the Palomar
Observatory (USA). The asteroid makes a rotation around the Sun once every 3.16 years and can be approached from 100.000.00 km from Earth. Its diameter is estimated between 4-9 km.
Asteroid 9493 Enescu has the name of the most famous Romanian composer George Enescu. It was discovered in 1971 at the Palomar Observatory. Located at over 250 million km away, Enescu asteroid is up to 9 km in diameter.
All asteroids with Romanian names. All are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.
Comets have been discovered with binoculars. Now they are located very far from Earth, at 21 billion km (comet Daimaca) and 19 billion km (Comet van Gent-Peltier-Daimaca).
Presentation made by the Comenius team from the School no 2 Galati, Romania for the project meeting during from 2nd to 6th May 2011.