Airy (lunar crater)

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Airy
Airy crater 4101 h2.jpg
Coordinates 18°06′S 5°42′E / 18.1°S 5.7°E / -18.1; 5.7Coordinates: 18°06′S 5°42′E / 18.1°S 5.7°E / -18.1; 5.7
Diameter 37 km
Depth 1.8 km
Colongitude 354° at sunrise
Eponym George B. Airy
LRO WAC mosaic
Oblique view from Apollo 14
Vicinity of Airy, as viewed from Earth from the Bayfordbury Observatory

Airy is a lunar impact crater located in the southern highlands. It is named in honour of British astronomer George Biddell Airy. It forms the southern-most member of a chain of craters consisting of Vogel, Argelander, and Airy. A little further to the south lies Donati. Airy has a worn, and somewhat polygonal rim that it broken at the northern and southern ends. It has an irregular floor and a central peak.

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 Airy.

Airy Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 17.0° S 7.7° E 13 km
B 17.6° S 8.5° E 29 km
C 19.3° S 4.9° E 34 km
D 18.2° S 8.5° E 7 km
E 20.7° S 7.6° E 38 km
F 18.2° S 7.3° E 5 km
G 18.7° S 7.0° E 25 km
H 18.7° S 5.8° E 9 km
J 19.0° S 6.1° E 4 km
L 20.4° S 7.5° E 6 km
M 19.2° S 7.6° E 1 km
N 17.8° S 8.2° E 8 km
O 16.7° S 8.3° E 5 km
P 15.8° S 8.4° E 7 km
R 19.6° S 8.8° E 7 km
S 17.2° S 9.4° E 5 km
T 19.2° S 9.4° E 40 km
V 17.5° S 9.2° E 5 km
X 18.9° S 10.2° E 4 km

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Related articles[edit]

  • Wood, Chuck (February 10, 2008). "Airy Swirl". Lunar Photo of the Day.