The Rays of Qi Bashi
This image, taken by MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera, captures Qi Bashi, the brightest crater at the right edge of the view. The brilliant ejecta rays of Qi Bashi extend mostly to the north and south, instead of in all directions. When an impact crater is formed, bright, fresh material is ejected out of the crater into the surrounding area; however, the asymmetrical ejecta as seen here necessitates an extremely low impact angle.
Date acquired: July 02, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington