NASA highlights amazing super bowls in our solar system

On the day of America’s most-watched sporting event, NASA did some punning and posted a feature highlighting “10 impressively super, bowl-shaped locations adorning worlds in our solar system.”

Mars’ Stickney Crater. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The list includes the extraordinary Stickney Crater on Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars.

It has a diameter of about 10 km and even has a smaller crater in it.

In keeping with the Super Bowl theme, NASA’s Amanda Barnett writes, “Note that if the average speed of an NFL pitch is 50-60 mph and Phobos’ escape speed is 40 mph, it’s conceivable that a professional quarterback could hit a ball.” toss close to Phobos and into orbit around Mars.”

Occator crater on Ceres. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Located between Mars and Jupiter, the small dwarf planet of Ceres is home to Occator crater, an impact site 57 miles (92 km) wide and 2.5 miles (4 km) deep. The crater is the brightest spot on Ceres, a hallmark of the highly reflective salt deposits.

The Jezero Crater of Mars. ESA/DLR/FU-Berlin

Jezero crater has become something of a celebrity since the launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars mission last year. Jezero, a dried-up lake bed, was the landing site for the Perseverance rover in February 2021, and the site is now being explored by the vehicle in hopes of finding evidence of ancient microbial life on the distant planet.

Jezero is slightly less bowl-shaped than some of the craters we see here, but is 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide and is located in the Isidis Planitia region of Mars, the site of an ancient meteorite impact that formed a large crater about 750 miles away. (1200 kilometers) left behind. kilometres) across. A subsequent, smaller meteorite impact into the Isidis impact basin led to the creation of the Jezero crater.

Med-crater on Venus. NASA/JPL

With a diameter of 170 miles (2,745 km), mead crater on Venus is one of the largest impact sites in the world, created by a massive collision between 300 million and a billion years ago. The remarkable image of the crater (above) was created using a collection of radar images captured by NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.

Barringer Crater in Arizona. Shane Torgerson/Wikimedia Commons

A notable entry in Barnett’s collection is Meteor Crater – also known as Barringer Crater – that exists here on Earth, in Arizona. Judging by its size (0.75 miles/1.2 km wide; 600 feet/170 meters deep), it’s a place you wouldn’t want to be standing when the impact happened some 50,000 years ago.

Barnett notes that the crater is “bigger than your average stadium,” and was also a training site for the Apollo astronauts prior to their lunar missions five decades ago.

Be sure to check out NASA’s article for all 10 of its amazing “super, bowl-shaped locations.”

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