Bhabha (crater)

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Bhabha crater 5030 h1.jpg
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image
Coordinates 55°06′S 164°30′W / 55.1°S 164.5°W / -55.1; -164.5Coordinates: 55°06′S 164°30′W / 55.1°S 164.5°W / -55.1; -164.5
Diameter 64 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 167° at sunrise
Eponym Homi J. Bhabha
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image of Bose (upper right) and Bhabha (lower left) craters

Bhabha is a lunar impact crater that is located in the southern part of the Moon's far side. It is nearly attached to the southeast rim of the larger crater Bose, and the outer rampart of that crater has produced a slight inward bulge along the northwest face of Bhabha. Other nearby craters of note include Stoney to the east, and Bellinsgauzen to the south.

This is a relatively fresh crater with a nicely terraced inner wall. This terracing is most notable along the southeastern half of the crater, and nearly disappears along the north-northwest rim where the inner wall is at its minimum extent. The rim and inner wall have not been significantly eroded, and there are no craterlets of note along the rim.

The interior floor has a formation of central peaks that forms a semicircle with the concave interior open to the north. The remainder of the floor is relatively level, with a single small craterlet in the northern part.

Bhabha (64 km diameter) was named in honor of the physicist Homi Jehangir Bhabha (1909-1966), a nuclear physics pioneer in his home country of India.