Details of the relief on the asteroid Bennu was named after the mythological bird

The international astronomical Union has approved 12 names of parts of the terrain on the asteroid Bennu, which examines space station OSIRIS-REx. All of them are associated with birds and bird-like creatures from the mythology of different peoples of the world, reported on the website of the mission.

(101955) Bennu is a 500-meter near-earth asteroid group Apollo, which was opened in 2013 and was named after the bird of Egyptian mythology. In the future, the asteroid was the main purpose of the research for interplanetary probe OSIRIS-REx, which should study it remotely using onboard scientific instruments and cameras, as well as to obtain soil samples from its surface in August 2020 and November 2023 to get her to the Ground.

During the year, scientists from the team of OSIRIS-REx was given unofficial names of the various parts of the terrain on the asteroid, such as large regions, craters, ridges, pits, grooves, rocks and boulders. All proper names had to be associated with birds and bird-like creatures from the mythology of different peoples of the world. Recently, the first 12 titles were approved by the working group of the International astronomical Union.

Region Clanova (Tlanuwa Regio), located in the southern hemisphere Benn, and covered with large boulders, which received its name in honor of a giant bird from the mythology of the Cherokee Indians. A 21.7-meter cliff Benben (Benben Saxum), the biggest one in the asteroid, was named after the primary hill of the ancient Egyptian myths. Rock Rock (Saxum Roc), the base of which is thicker Benn, got its name in honor of the huge birds Rough (or Rock) from Arabic mythology. Rock Simurg, marking the Prime Meridian of the asteroid, was named after the king of all birds from the Iranian mythology. Boulders Hugin and Munin (Muninn and Huginn Saxum Saxum) was named after the two ravensthat accompany the God Odin in Norse mythology.

Acipet rock (Saxum Ocypete) got its name in honor of one of the three harpies in Greek mythology. Large boulder Strix (Strix Saxum), which is located near the reserve area of soil sampling, named in honor of the birds are from Roman mythology. A large flat boulder Amihan (Amihan Saxum) was named in honor of bird of the Filipino mythology, a 10.6-metre boulder Pouakai (Pouakai Saxum) — in honor of a monstrous bird from the mythology of the Maori. Flat boulder Ethos (Aetos Saxum), located in the Equatorial region of Bennu, was named in honor of the characterthat became the eagle in Greek mythology, and a large rock Gargoyle (Gargoyle Saxum), located next to reserve area for soil sampling in honour of the creatures from the mythology of France.

Earlier we talked about how the international astronomical Union approved 13 names of parts of the terrain on the asteroid, the Ryuga, who is studying interplanetary station “Hayabusa-2”. They are all dedicated to characters of children’s literature, such as a pair of craters on the asteroid was named in honor of the Gingerbread man and Cinderella. Test your knowledge of the planetary place names in our test, “Frosya, Zohra, Zulfiya and Rogneda”.

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