Why Does the Moon Have Craters?

Star and Moon Gazing

The night sky has always captured the imagination of humankind, providing a picture of celestial wonders. One of the most captivating features of our lunar neighbor, the Moon, is the numerous circles carved into its surface – impact craters. With its serene and mystical nature, the moon has always been a source … Read more

What is an Impact Crater, and How Is It Formed?


Imagine enjoying a night of stargazing and suddenly wondering how these celestial bodies in the sky hang in there and what might happen when they hit the Earth. Now that’s a dreadful but exciting thought of a formation when a celestial body, such as a meteorite or asteroid, collides with the surface … Read more

Craters On Earth – Tenoumer Crater

Panoramic view of Tenoumer Crater 

Tenoumer Crater is a confirmed crater deep in the Sahara Desert. It is a near-perfect circular crater. The diameter of the crater is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) with a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, the origins of the crater have long been debated among geologists. However, … Read more

Craters On Earth – Nordlinger Ries

Panoramic view of Nordlinger Ries

The Nordlinger Ries is an impact crater located north of Danube in the Donau-Ries district. It is a significant circular depression in western Bavaria and eastern Baden-Wurttemberg. The depression of the impact crater has a town in it about 3.7 miles (6 km) southwest of the crater center. The full impact crater … Read more

Craters On Earth – Roter Kamm Crater

Bird’s eye view of Roter Kamm Crater

Roter Kamm Crater is a meteorite crater also known as Red Ridge. It is located in Sperrgebiet within the Namib Desert approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) southwest of Aurus Mountain and 50 miles (80 km) north of Oranjemund in the IIKaras Region. The diameter of the crater is 1.6 miles (2.5 km) … Read more

Craters On Earth – Tswaing Crater

Panoramic view of Tswaing Crater

Tswaing Crater is an impact crater in South Africa accompanied by a museum. It is located 40 km northwest of Pretoria. The diameter of the crater is 0.70 miles (1.13 km) and 100 meters (330 feet) deep. Tswaing Crater’s estimated age is approximately 220,000 years old during the Pleistocene period. The meteorite … Read more

Craters On Earth – Pingualuit Crater

Bird’s eye view of Pingualuit Crater

The Pingualuit Crater is formerly known as Chubb Crater and New Quebec Crater. It is relatively a younger impact crater located on the Ungava Peninsula in the administrative region of Nord-du-Quebec, in Quebec, Canada. The diameter of the Pingualuit Crater is 2.14 miles (3.44 km). It is estimated to be 1.4 million … Read more

Craters On Earth – Kaali Crater Field

Kaali Crater Field is not one but a group of nine meteorite craters. It is located in the town of Kaali on the Estonian Island of Saaremaa which is 11 miles away from the island capital. The impact crater site consists of one large crater along with 8 smaller craters. The formation … Read more

Craters On Earth – Gosses Bluff (Tnorala)

Bird’s eye view of Gosses Bluff Impact Crater

Gosses Bluff, also known as Gosse’s Bluff is thought to be the eroded remnant of an impact crater. The Western Arrernte people of the impact crater’s surrounding regions call it Tnorala. Gosses Bluff is located in the southern Northern Territory near central Australia. It is approximately 109 miles (175 km) west of … Read more

Craters On Earth – Wolfe Creek Crater

Wolfe Creek Crater

Australian Aborigines had long known of the existence of the crater near Wolfe Creek when an aerial survey identified this impact crater in 1947. Wolfe Creek Crater is almost circular and is believed to be the second-largest crater in the world. It is one of the best-preserved impact craters in the world. … Read more