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Martian Crater or Chilean Commune?

5 Oct 2018, 10:00 UTC
Martian Crater or Chilean Commune? ESO/S. Brunier

On 20 September 2016, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved the name Taltal for a crater on Mars. In part due to its striking resemblance, the Martian Taltal was named after an area of Chile home to some of ESO’s state-of-the-art telescopes. The name means “Night Bird” in the Mapudungun language spoken by the Mapuche people indigenous to Chile.

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