MESSENGER NAC mosaic of Michelangelo, the namesake of the Michelangelo quadrangle
Feature typePeak-ring impact basin
LocationMichelangelo quadrangle, Mercury
Coordinates44°55′S 109°41′W / 44.92°S 109.69°W / -44.92; -109.69
Diameter230 km

Michelangelo is a 230 km diameter impact basin in the Michelangelo quadrangle of Mercury, which is named after this crater. The crater itself was named by the IAU in 1979 after the Italian painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo.[1]

Michelangelo is one of 110 peak ring basins on Mercury.[2]


  1. ^ "Michelangelo". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ Chapman, C. R., Baker, D. M. H., Barnouin, O. S., Fassett, C. I., Marchie, S., Merline, W. J., Ostrach, L. R., Prockter, L. M., and Strom, R. G., 2018. Impact Cratering of Mercury. In Mercury: The View After MESSENGER edited by Sean C. Solomon, Larry R. Nittler, and Brian J. Anderson. Cambridge Planetary Science. Chapter 9.