Science and Exploration

Shoemaker Crater, Australia Seen From Space

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
July 2, 2022
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Shoemaker Crater, Australia Seen From Space
Shoemaker Crater, Australia

For Asteroid Day, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Shoemaker Impact Structure (formerly known as Teague Ring) in Western Australia.
Located around 100 km northeast of the small town Wiluna, the Shoemaker Impact Structure was renamed in honour of Eugene Shoemaker, a planetary geologist and pioneer in impact crater studies.

The almost circular shape of the Shoemaker impact site, visible in the bottom-right of the image, is approximately 30 km in diameter and is defined by concentric rings formed in sedimentary rocks (seen in dark brown). The precise age of the impact is unknown, but is estimated to be between 1000 and 600 million years ago – making it Australia’s oldest impact crater.

This false-colour image was processed by selecting spectral bands that can be used for classifying geological features, allowing us to clearly identify the concentric rings in the image. The light blue areas are saline and ephemeral lakes including Nabberu, Teague, Shoemaker and other smaller ponds.

Asteroid Day, the UN-endorsed global awareness campaign is back on 30 June with an exciting 5-hour live broadcast from 18:00 CET. With the help of leading experts, Asteroid Day Co-founder Dr. Brian May and the most engaging voices in science communications from around the world, the five hour programme will bring the solar system’s smallest worlds to vivid life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, visit ESA joins Asteroid Day for rocky live broadcast.

Credits: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2021), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
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