McLaughlin (lunar crater)

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McLaughlin (lunar crater)
Coordinates 47°06′N 92°54′W / 47.1°N 92.9°W / 47.1; -92.9Coordinates: 47°06′N 92°54′W / 47.1°N 92.9°W / 47.1; -92.9
Diameter 79 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 94° at sunrise
Eponym Dean B. McLaughlin

McLaughlin is a lunar crater that is located just behind the northwestern rim on the far side of the Moon. This portion of the surface is sometimes brought into view of the Earth due to libration, and the area can then be viewed from a low angle under favorable lighting conditions. McLaughlin lies to the west-southwest of the crater Galvani. About two crater diameters due west lies Rynin.

This is a heavily eroded crater with an irregular rim that is mark by a number of smaller impacts. The interior floor is generally level, except for a low right offset to the southeast of the midpoint, and some irregularities near the southwest and northern inner walls. The interior is marked by several tiny craterlets.

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to McLaughlin.

McLaughlin Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 51.6° N 92.4° W 35 km
B 50.2° N 91.2° W 43 km
C 48.5° N 91.9° W 60 km
P 45.0° N 94.6° W 34 km
U 47.2° N 97.0° W 30 km
Z 52.6° N 92.8° W 21 km


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