Brayley (crater)

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Brayley crater 4138 h3.jpg
Coordinates20°54′N 36°54′W / 20.9°N 36.9°W / 20.9; -36.9Coordinates: 20°54′N 36°54′W / 20.9°N 36.9°W / 20.9; -36.9
Diameter14.5 km
Depth2.8 km
Colongitude37° at sunrise
EponymEdward W. Brayley
Apollo 15 image
Apollo 17 image
The very young rimless crater near the bottom center of this Apollo 17 image is Brayley G, which is probably a collapse feature rather than an impact crater

Brayley is a lunar impact crater located in the southwest part of the Mare Imbrium. It was named after British geographer Edward W. Brayley.[1] It has a circular rim and a low rise in the center. There are no notable craters overlapping the rim or interior. The sinuous rille Rima Brayley passes to the north of Brayley.

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 Brayley.

Brayley Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 20.8° N 34.3° W 10 km
C 21.4° N 39.4° W 9 km
D 20.1° N 32.8° W 6 km
E 21.2° N 39.7° W 5 km
F 21.1° N 34.0° W 5 km
G 24.2° N 36.5° W 5 km
K 21.2° N 41.7° W 3 km
L 20.9° N 42.6° W 4 km
S 25.0° N 36.7° W 3 km


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