Boscovich (crater)

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Boscovich crater 4097 h2.jpg
Coordinates9°48′N 11°06′E / 9.8°N 11.1°E / 9.8; 11.1Coordinates: 9°48′N 11°06′E / 9.8°N 11.1°E / 9.8; 11.1
Diameter46 km
Depth1.8 km
Colongitude349° at sunrise
EponymRudjer Bošković

Boscovich is a lunar impact crater that has been almost completely eroded away by subsequent impacts. It is located more than 60 km west-northwest of the crater Julius Caesar, and more than 100 km south-southeast of the prominent Manilius. The crater floor has a low albedo, and the dark hue makes it relatively easy to recognize. The surface is crossed by the rille system designated Rimae Boscovich that extends for a diameter of 40 kilometres. The crater is named after Roger Joseph Boscovich.

Satellite craters[edit]

Boscovich crater and its satellite craters taken from Earth in 2012 at the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury Observatory with the telescopes Meade LX200 14" and Lumenera Skynyx 2-1

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Boscovich. Boscovich A and E are to the southeast, Boscovich C and D are to the south, Boscovich B is to the west, Boscovich F is to the northeast attached to the crater and Boscovich P is to the north that is attached to its rim and has a longer diameter with 67 km.

Location of the lunar crater Bošković.
Boscovich Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 9.5° N 12.6° E 6 km
B 9.8° N 9.2° E 5 km
C 8.5° N 12.0° E 3 km
D 9.0° N 12.2° E 5 km
E 9.0° N 12.7° E 21 km
F 10.6° N 11.4° E 5 km
P 11.5° N 10.3° E 67 km


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Other articles[edit]

  • Wood, Chuck (March 17, 2013). "A Russian Masterpiece". Lunar Photo of the Day. - on the rille
  • Wood, Chuck (March 1, 2014). "Smoothered". Lunar Photo of the Day. – also features nearby Boscovich Crater