Phobos

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Phobos is the dark gray moon.

Phobos is a moon of Mars, approximately 22 kilometers in diameter. The only other moon of Mars is Deimos.

Geological Features[edit]

A number of craters have been named, and are listed in the following table.[1]

Craters Diameter
(km)
Approval
Year
Eponym Ref Annotated map
Clustril 3.4 2006 Character in Lilliput who informed Flimnap that his wife had visited Gulliver privately in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
D'Arrest 2.1 1973 Heinrich Louis d'Arrest; German/Danish astronomer (1822–1875) WGPSN
Drunlo 4.2 2006 Character in Lilliput who informed Flimnap that his wife had visited Gulliver privately in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Flimnap 1.5 2006 Treasurer of Lilliput in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Grildrig 2.6 2006 Name given to Gulliver by the farmer's daughter Glumdalclitch in the giants’ country Brobdingnag in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Gulliver 5.5 2006 Lemuel Gulliver surgeon captain and voyager in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Hall 5.4 1973 Asaph Hall; American astronomer discoverer of Phobos and Deimos (1829–1907) WGPSN
Limtoc 2 2006 General in Lilliput who prepared articles of impeachment against Gulliver in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Öpik 2 2011 Ernst J. Öpik, Estonian astronomer (1893–1985) WGPSN
Reldresal 2.9 2006 Secretary for Private Affairs in Lilliput; Gulliver's friend in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Roche 2.3 1973 Édouard Roche; French astronomer (1820–1883) WGPSN
Sharpless 1.8 1973 Bevan Sharpless; American astronomer (1904–1950) WGPSN
Shklovsky 2 2011 Iosif Shklovsky, Soviet astronomer (1916–1985) WGPSN
Skyresh 1.5 2006 Skyresh Bolgolam High Admiral of the Lilliput council who opposed Gulliver’s plea for freedom and accused him of being a traitor in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels WGPSN
Stickney 9 1973 Angeline Stickney (1830–1892) ; wife of American astronomer Asaph Hall (above) WGPSN
Todd 2.6 1973 David Peck Todd; American astronomer (1855–1939) WGPSN
Wendell 1.7 1973 Oliver Wendell; American astronomer (1845–1912) WGPSN
Left: The impact crater Stickney imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in March 2008. The second impact crater inside Stickney is Limtoc. Right: Labeled Map of Phobos – Moon of Mars (U.S. Geological Survey).[2]

The reason why many of the features are named after people and places in Jonathan Swift's satire Gulliver's Travels is because Swift predicted the diameters and rotation speeds of Phobos and Deimos 100 years before they were discovered.

References[edit]

  1. Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature USGS Astrogeology Research Program, Craters
  2. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1 at line 379: attempt to call method 'match' (a nil value).


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