Well, I've been browsing some of the pics of Mercury from This Link
as I have been
trying to find ANY other object or crater that resembles the one in this thread.
As of this post I have not found another that is remotely similar.
All I have found is other objects and craters that may lead to an answer or just open up more questions.
From what I can see, it would appear that a lot of craters may have been formed at a time when Mercury was almost solid. So let's take a look at some
of these 'later' craters.
1. This is two images of the same crater from the Rembrandt Impact Basin
Links to pics
2. This image is The First Image After Closest Approach
Many craters share one thing that makes them all similar, may have formed around the same time and may show that Mercury was still hardening.
If you look at the centre of the craters you will see what appears to be a tower in the centre which is high enough for the Sun to hit it and create a
shadow. We all know the image of water having stone dropped into it looks like.. We are familiar with the ripples and the splash in the centre.
Could it be that these towers were formed from 'almost solid' rock that was hit by an object, creating the splash (crater and tower) and just by
chance, the rock was hard enough to stay in shape, or was Mercury once so cold that molten rock froze in position??? Could they have been formed on
the dark side and froze before Mercury had time to revolve around to face the Sun again?
No matter how they were formed, they do not resemble our mystery object.
This image is taken just North of the Rembrandt Crater images. What is odd about these is that they do not have any crater. They are just towers
rising up from the surface... They also have an unusual shape, almost like Crystal growth... What are they? They are very tall.
Liquid Mercury ????
Just what is going on in this image?
We can see what is almost obviously and impact, with rays of ejecta spreading across the landscape. But what has been left behind on the surface of
the impact crater? What are these white blobs? How have the 'rays' blended into the surface? Could they be impact 'stretch marks' just under the
surface of Mercury or are they masses of dust and dirt that has fallen onto the surface? Were they formed from the material that made up the impact
object, or are they made from a darker sub-soil?
I have been trying to find other craters/objects that resemble our mystery object, even by looking at images such as
just to show that, even from extreme angles, we are not being fooled by our own
I am still a long way from working out what our mystery object is, but we may have already worked that out.. It could very well be an object that is
alien to Mercury and had struck it whilst the surface was soft, yet strong enough not to fold back in on itself (in order to create the towers in
craters). We must also take into consideration the speed of impacting objects. Not all of them are going to be travelling at millions of miles an
hour.. Until I am able to do more with our mystery object, here it is again but a bit closer