Cavendish (crater)

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Cavendish crater 4156 h1.jpg
Cavendish crater image
Coordinates 24°30′S 53°42′W / 24.5°S 53.7°W / -24.5; -53.7Coordinates: 24°30′S 53°42′W / 24.5°S 53.7°W / -24.5; -53.7
Diameter 56 km
Depth 2.4 km
Colongitude 54° at sunrise
Eponym Henry Cavendish

Cavendish is a lunar crater that is located in the southwest part of the Moon, to the southwest of the larger crater Mersenius. It lies between the smaller craters Henry to the west-northwest and de Gasparis to the east-southeast.

The rim of Cavendish is heavily worn and the crater Cavendish E lies across the southwest rim. The smaller Cavendish A is intruding into the northeast rim. On the flood are a pair of low-rimmed craters that are joined at the rims and span most of the central Cavendish crater floor from east to west.

A rille from the Rimae de Gasparis reaches the eastern rim of Cavendish.

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 Cavendish.

Cavendish Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 24.0° S 52.7° W 10 km
B 23.2° S 55.1° W 10 km
E 25.4° S 54.2° W 24 km
F 26.1° S 54.0° W 18 km
L 21.7° S 53.6° W 5 km
M 22.0° S 53.8° W 6 km
N 22.1° S 54.3° W 4 km
P 24.2° S 51.6° W 4 km
S 23.8° S 52.4° W 5 km
T 24.8° S 55.2° W 4 km