Bode (crater)

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Bode crater 4109 h1.jpg
Coordinates6°42′N 2°24′W / 6.7°N 2.4°W / 6.7; -2.4Coordinates: 6°42′N 2°24′W / 6.7°N 2.4°W / 6.7; -2.4
Diameter18.6 km
Depth3.5 km
Colongitude3° at sunrise
EponymJohann E. Bode

Bode is a small crater located near the central region of the Moon, to the northwest of the joined craters Pallas and Murchison. It lies on a region of raised surface between the Mare Vaporum to the northeast, Sinus Aestuum to the west, and Sinus Medii to the southeast. The crater was named after German astronomer Johann Elert Bode.[1]

Lunar Orbiter 4 photo, a few streaks appear in this photo including three thicker ones

This crater is bowl-shaped, with a small interior floor and a ridge along the inner wall to the northeast. It has a minor ray system that extends for a distance of 130 kilometers. There is a group of rilles located to the west of the crater named the Rimae Bode. Its name comes from the tap on Bode Faleti discovered in 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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 Bode.

Bode Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 9.0° N 1.2° W 12 km
B 8.7° N 3.1° W 10 km
C 12.2° N 4.8° W 7 km
D 7.2° N 3.3° W 4 km
E 12.4° N 3.4° W 7 km
G 6.4° N 3.5° W 4 km
H 12.2° N 6.5° W 4 km
K 9.3° N 2.3° W 6 km
L 5.6° N 3.8° W 5 km
N 10.9° N 3.9° W 6 km


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Related articles[edit]

  • Wood, Chuck (April 24, 2006). "Rubbly Lineations". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on August 28, 2017.
  • Wood, Chuck (August 12, 2006). "Rimae Weird". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on August 23, 2017. - also appeared on the August 24, 2004 LPOD - includes Bode Crater and Rima Bode
  • Wood, Chuck (April 8, 2010). "Textured Ejecta". Lunar Photo of the Day. - the rille