John Lennon Gets His Own Crater on Mercury

There are all sorts of rules for naming celestial bodies and other features out there.  In the case of craters on planets and moons, the International Astronomical Union requires that they be named after “deceased artists, musicians, painters, and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field and have been recognized as art historically significant figures for more than 50 years.”

With the MESSENGER probe’s new survey of Mercury complete, it was time to give names to a long list of geological features.  In addition to John Lennon, craters now bear names like Caruso (Enrico Caruso, the opera star) and Berlioz (composer Hector Berlioz).  More on the story at NBC News.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “John Lennon Gets His Own Crater on Mercury

  • December 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    They should name a planet after him! Not a crater no one will ever refer too :s


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