Glossary term: Impact Craters
Description: An impact crater is a depression on the surface of a planet, moon or other solid minor body of the Solar System. Impact craters are formed by a high velocity impact of a smaller body (meteorite). The Moon is full of impact craters due to its lack of atmosphere. The thick atmosphere on Earth stops many meteors from ever reaching the ground. An example of an impact crater on Earth Is Meteor Crater in Arizona, USA.Related Terms:
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CeresCaption: True-colour image of the asteroid Ceres acquired by the spaceprobe Dawn in May 2015, at a distance of 13641 km. The prominent, bright crater at right is Haulani. The smaller bright spot to its left is exposed on the floor of Oxo. Ejecta from these impacts appears to have exposed bright material, probably water ice.
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