Birkhoff (crater)

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Normal birkoff.jpg
Clementine mosaic
Coordinates 58°42′N 146°06′W / 58.7°N 146.1°W / 58.7; -146.1Coordinates: 58°42′N 146°06′W / 58.7°N 146.1°W / 58.7; -146.1
Diameter 345 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 156° at sunrise
Eponym George Birkhoff
Mosaic of oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 images, facing west
Most of the interior of Birkhoff, facing west, also from Lunar Orbiter 5

Birkhoff is a giant lunar walled plain that is located on the far side of the Moon, in the northern hemisphere. This formation is an ancient impact site that has been heavily eroded, and the surface reshaped by multiple craters in the interior and along the rim. The outer wall is bordered by the craters Carnot to the south, Rowland along the west rim, and Stebbins to the north. Just to the northeast is van't Hoff.

What remains of the perimeter is now a rugged sloping rise along the inner wall, and the rim has been worn down until it is level with the irregular external terrain. The rim is pock-marked by small craters of various dimensions. Within the crater are several craters that are notable in their own right. Along the northwest inner rim is the eroded Birkhoff X, while due south in the southwest floor is Birkhoff Q. The later is joined by a low ridge to the double crater formation of Birkhoff K and L in the eastern half of the crater. In the northern interior are the smaller but relatively young Birkhoff Y and Z. The remainder of the floor is flat in places, with rough sections and many 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 Birkhoff.

Birkhoff Latitude Longitude Diameter
K 57.8° N 144.3° W 58 km
L 56.6° N 144.8° W 37 km
M 54.7° N 144.8° W 23 km
Q 56.6° N 150.8° W 43 km
R 57.5° N 153.0° W 27 km
X 62.1° N 149.7° W 77 km
Y 59.9° N 146.6° W 25 km
Z 61.3° N 145.3° W 30 km


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