Clerke (crater)

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Clerke
Clerke crater 4078 h3.jpg
Coordinates 21°42′N 29°48′E / 21.7°N 29.8°E / 21.7; 29.8Coordinates: 21°42′N 29°48′E / 21.7°N 29.8°E / 21.7; 29.8
Diameter 7 km
Depth 1.4 km
Colongitude 330° at sunrise
Eponym Agnes M. Clerke
Oblique Apollo 17 image of Clerke

Clerke is a tiny lunar crater named after Agnes Mary Clerke, who played a role in bringing astronomy and astrophysics to the public in Victorian England[1]. It is located near the eastern edge of Mare Serenitatis in the midst of a rille system named the Rimae Littrow after the crater Littrow to the east. It is roughly circular and cup-shaped, with a relatively high albedo. In a valley to the southeast is the landing site of the Apollo 17 mission.

Clerke was previously designated Littrow B before being named by the IAU.

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