Tolkien Gets Crater on Mercury
|Photo: NASA/MESSENGER (Retrieved from International Science Times)|
Not only has he been immortalised through his books, but now J.R.R. Tolkien has been immortalised on a cosmic scale after his name was added, along with eight other international artists, to the list of surface features on the innermost planet of our solar system. All craters are located near Mercury’s northern pole, with the Tolkien crater being around 30 miles in diameter and extremely close in proximity to the pole.
"Formal names make it easier to communicate scientific findings about specific regions and features," said MESSENGER Principal Investigator Sean Solomon. "The second, equally important reason is that these designations expand the opportunities to recognize the contributions to the arts by the most creative individuals from many cultures and eras."
"The names of those individuals are now linked in perpetuity to the innermost planet."
The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Among Top 100 Young Adult Novels
In a list of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels published earlier this month, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit came in at Number 5, with The Lord of the Rings taking 7th. Other books on the list include the Harry Potter series (coming in first place), Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Hunger Games.