Anaxagoras (crater)

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Anaxagoras crater 4128 h2.jpg
Coordinates73°29′N 10°10′W / 73.48°N 10.17°W / 73.48; -10.17Coordinates: 73°29′N 10°10′W / 73.48°N 10.17°W / 73.48; -10.17
Diameter51.9 km
Depth3.0 km
Colongitude11° at sunrise
Location of Anaxagoras
Oblique view from Lunar Orbiter 4, with Goldschmidt and Anaxagoras in upper right

Anaxagoras is a young lunar impact crater that is located near the north pole of the Moon. It lies across the larger and more heavily worn crater Goldschmidt. To the south-southeast is Epigenes, and due south is the worn remains of Birmingham.

Anaxagoras is a relatively recent impact crater that is young enough to still possess a ray system that has not been eroded by space weathering. The rays from the site reach a distance of over 900 kilometers from the rim, reaching Plato to the south. It is consequently mapped as part of the Copernican System.[1]

The crater interior has a relatively high albedo, making it a prominent feature when the Moon is nearly full. (The high latitude of the crater means that the Sun always remains close to the horizon even at maximum elevation less than a day after Full Moon.) The interior walls are steep and possess a system of terraces. The central peak is offset from the crater midpoint, and joins a low range across the crater floor. In fact, it appears that some of the central peak material has landed outside the crater rim.[2]

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 Anaxagoras.

Anaxagoras Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 72.2° N 6.9° W 18 km
B 70.3° N 11.4° W 5 km

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ The geologic history of the Moon, 1987, Wilhelms, Don E.; with sections by McCauley, John F.; Trask, Newell J. USGS Professional Paper: 1348. Figure 3.34. (online)
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