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
EponymRoger Joseph Boscovich

Boscovich is a lunar impact crater that has been almost completely eroded away by subsequent impacts. It is located west-northwest of the crater Julius Caesar, and 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 Croatian-Italian physicist Roger Joseph Boscovich.[1]

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.

Location of the lunar crater Bošković.
Mosaic of Apollo 15 images, looking south
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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