Brianchon (crater)

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Brianchon
Brianchon crater LROC polar mosaic.jpg
LRO mosaic
Coordinates 74°48′N 86°30′W / 74.8°N 86.5°W / 74.8; -86.5Coordinates: 74°48′N 86°30′W / 74.8°N 86.5°W / 74.8; -86.5
Diameter 145 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 95° at sunrise
Eponym Charles J. Brianchon

Brianchon is a lunar crater that is located along the northwestern limb of the Moon. Due to its location, from the Earth the crater is seen from the edge and its visibility is somewhat affected by libration. Thus for a more detailed view, the crater must be viewed from orbit.

This crater lies just to the west of the crater Pascal, and Desargues is to the southeast. To the south of Brianchon along the limb is the crater Cremona, while Lindblad lies to the southwest just on the far side of the Moon.

Brianchon has been worn and eroded by a history of impacts that followed its creation. The most prominent of these are a pair of craters that lie across the northern rim, and Brianchon B which intrudes slightly into the southern rim. Brianchon A forms an outward bulge in the rim to the northwest, but otherwise merges seamlessly into the crater formation. There is also a concentric crater formation intruding into the exterion of the southeastern rim. The remainder of the outer wall has been rounded, and is covered in a number of tiny craterlets.

The floor of the crater is relatively level, and is marked by a multitude of tiny craterlets. The most prominent of these is a small, bowl-shaped crater just to the northwest of the midpoint. The southern portion of the crater floor in particular contains a grouping of several 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 Brianchon.

Brianchon Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 76.7° N 86.3° W 50 km
B 72.2° N 89.1° W 31 km
T 75.8° N 99.8° W 30 km

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