Da Vinci (lunar crater)

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Da Vinci
Da Vinci crater 4066 h2.jpg
Coordinates 9°06′N 45°00′E / 9.1°N 45.0°E / 9.1; 45.0Coordinates: 9°06′N 45°00′E / 9.1°N 45.0°E / 9.1; 45.0
Diameter 38 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 316° at sunrise
Eponym Leonardo da Vinci
Apollo 15 mapping camera image at high sun angle showing differences in albedo rather than topography

da Vinci is a lunar crater that is located in the eastern part of the Moon, to the northwest of Mare Fecunditatis. It lies along the eastern shore of the Sinus Concordiae, a bay along the eastern edge of Mare Tranquillitatis. Nearby craters include Watts to the southeast and Lawrence to the southwest, both smaller in dimension than da Vinci.

This formation has been heavily damaged and reshaped until it is scarcely recognizable as a crater. Sections of the low eastern rim and a portion to the northwest are still somewhat intact, although they more closely resemble curved ridges than a crater wall. There are gaps in the rim to the south and north, and the interior is irregular with portions having been resurfaced.

The terrain along the northern and western exterior of the crater is irregular and hilly. A low ridge to the southeast runs to the vicinity of Watts.

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 da Vinci.

da Vinci Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 9.7° N 44.2° E 18 km