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Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature

Basic Info

Feature Name Rheasilvia
Clean Name Rheasilvia
Feature ID 14886
Target Vesta
Feature Type Crater, craters


IAU Coordinate System for (4) Vesta
Coordinate System Planetocentric, +East, 0 - 360
Northmost Latitude -26.11 °
Southmost Latitude -86.78 °
Eastmost Longitude 355.45 °
Westmost Longitude 0.27 °
Diameter 450.00 km
Center Latitude -71.95 °
Center Longitude 86.30 °
Quad -

Status and Origin

Approval Status Adopted by IAU
Approval Date Sep 30, 2011
Continent Europe
Culture Roman
Origin Rhea Silvia, Roman vestal virgin, mother of Romulus and Remus (c. 770 B.C.).
Reference [256] - Rome’s Vestal Virgins: A study of Rome’s Vestal priestesses in the late Republic and early Empire, by Robin Lorsch Wildfang: Routledge, 2006.
Updated Mar 28, 2014 8:11 AM
Additional Information The name of the crater has been condensed to Rheasilvia to avoid the use of a double name.

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